avocado, lime and jalapeno dressing & potato salad


Sometimes the best recipes just happen accidentally. A random stroke of inspiration takes you somewhere you weren’t expecting. That is how I was lead down the road to recreating one of my favourite vegan dishes of all time.


When I lived in Dublin, I worked both around the corner and then across the street from the most popular vegetarian restaurant in the city. Cornucopia. This was one of the first restaurants I ate at upon arriving to the city having read fantastic reviews. At first, I ordered the biggest, fanciest dishes and desserts on the menu- I wasn’t worried about my spending at first and thought I could afford to be lavish. But then after a couple weeks with hostel fees, security deposits and immigration payments- I was feeling the strain. I started venturing to other areas of Cornucopia’s menu. They had a fantastic lunch deal where for only 7 euro you could get a bowl of soup, 2 salads, bread and hummus- a huuuuge feast to say the least. And the salads they served up were absolutely gorgeous. They rotated through them each day but one they had consistently was a vegan potato salad. And OH MY GOD it was amazing- so creamy with whole hazelnuts scattered throughout. It was rich and sinful tasting and I loved it. I would end up gorging on that salad more times than I could count! When I moved back home I missed that salad and regretted not eating it more ;)

Fast forward to today! On my last grocery shopping venture I happened upon a new salad dressing – an avocado, lime, jalapeno dressing. It sounded perfect for summer, but was loaded with artificial flavourings and soy bean oil (GMOs!) so I snapped a picture of it with my phone so I wouldn’t forget.

When I ended up whipping up was, I can only assume, better than the store-bought dressing ;) It was thick, creamy and tangy thanks to the lime and jalapeno. I scoured the fridge looking for something to pile this on- and I found leftover roasted potatoes in the fridge.

The combination was love at first bite.

It transported me back to Cornucopia, the live music, the cozy atmosphere, their killer mixed berry oat bars and warming soups. I knew that with just a few tweaks I could enjoy my favourite salad once again. And here is this salad for you to all enjoy :)

The sauce recipe makes a little more than you need for the salad, so use the rest in a wrap or sandwich. It goes really well with tempeh!


Potato Salad with Avocado Lime & Jalapeno Dressing (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free)

This salad is a lovely tangy potato salad with lots of texture from the hazelnuts. The peppery arugula and crunch of the hazelnuts contrast lovely with the tangy and creamy avocado dressing. Great for a picnic or potluck, or just for a summer’s lunch.

Serves 4.

  • ~1lb baby potatoes, halved
  • 1/2 a red onion, cut into 4 wedges and separated
  • 1/2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • heaping 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 3/4 recipe of Avocado, Lime & Jalapeno Dressing (recipe below)

Preheat your oven to 425F. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl so all the potatoes and onions are completely coated in the mixture. Transfer for a greased roasting pan (I used coconut oil) and roast the potatoes, uncovered, for 30 min or until easily pierced with a fork. When they’re done, set them aside to cool while you assemble the other ingredients.

Toss all ingredients in a bowl with the Avocado, Lime and Jalapeno Dressing and chill in the fridge for at least 30 min before serving. Serve cold for the best flavour!


Avocado, Lime & Jalapeno Dressing (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Raw)

Slightly spicy, tangy and creamy this dressing would be lovely served with a grain and veggies, spread on a wrap or tossed into a salad.

Makes ~ 3/4 cup.

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 a jalapeno, seeded
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp of water, for blending

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more water if needed to help it blend. Store in the fridge.

Hope you all enjoy the salad recipe and are having a lovely weekend!


I’m sharing this recipe at the Chillin’ & Grillin Backyard BBQ Event!

37 thoughts on “avocado, lime and jalapeno dressing & potato salad

  1. Every main ingredient is a favourite in this recipe…I will try this for sure. It probably won’t be nearly as pretty as that picture when I’m done, but I know it is going to taste phenomenal! Thanks!

  2. I love the combo of flavors in this recipe! I just went to a BBQ, out of town, over the weekend, and I so wish I saw this before- this dish would have been a huge hit! Oh well, there’s always next time. :-)

  3. YUM! I love it when you can recreate a favourite recipe…. (plus improve it to your tastes!) I LOVE using avocado as a salad dressing (sure beats mayo, ick!) I love the fact that this is a extremely good-for-you potato salad…. Viper’s potato salad includes, bacon, eggs, mayo and cheese. ICK ;)

    • Haha that is quite the potato salad! While there was definitely a time I would have LOVED that, I like my lighter healthified version much more. You’re so right about recreating a favourite- there’s a huuuge feeling of pride and satisfaction that comes from it!

  4. This looks incredible! I keep forgetting about potatoes and how delicious the are. This is likely also one of the few ways I would enjoy avocado…

    • I know what you mean! When I was younger mashed potatoes and potatoes in general were such a staple for me, but in recent years they fell off my radar. I think Cornucopia rekindled my love for them!

      The avocado here just helps give it a creamy base like mayo would so it’s definitely a good candidate!

  5. It was so much fun reading a little bit about your favorite eats in dublin – that lunch combo sounded amazing! I can’t wait to try this out, I bet the flavors are out of this world….on a side note, my love grown granola came in – TOTALLY addicting!!! so so so good! I am so happy I ordered the 3 – pack from amazon – it is so incredible. I haven’t tried the PB2 yet but plan to this week – thanks for the info on this amazing granola!

    • It was probably the best lunch combo I have ever come across :) Wayyy more food than I needed but oh so good!

      YESSSS I’m so glad you like it! It’s it so toasty, cinnamony and delicious??

      So excited for you to try PB2! It’s a smoothie/yogurt/pretty much everything game changer lol

  6. This looks lovely, thanks Gabby. I’ve been looking for new salad recipes for me and my baby for lunch as she’s getting very bored with her basic finger food now, and seems to have a more adventurous palate like me. I might give this a try for lunch today as I have most of the ingredients in. How long would you say this would keep for in the fridge as I know avocado doesn’t keep so well.

    That restaurant in Dublin looks great. Did you ever get over to England or Scotland? I’ve been to Ireland once and just love the Irish. It’s my most favourite accent.

    • I hope you like the salad! It should keep for a few days, plenty of time to eat it all!

      I love Irish accents :) they are my favourite too. I went to London and enjoyed it but found Irish people to be friendlier- even in Dublin the people we so kind and helpful! Maybe it’s the Guinness lol. I never got to Scotland but I wish I had and I regret it. Someday!

      • I made this salad yesterday for me and my baby. The potatoes were the nicest potatoes I’ve ever tasted! I think I’ll use that recipe just to cook roast potatoes to go along with whatever I’m cooking in the evening. The avocado dressing was also gorgeous, but where I live I can’t get hold of fresh Jalapenos so I used some in jars and wasn’t sure of my quantities so probably put too many in and it came out very spicy! Although I love spicy food so it’s fine for me. I didn’t end up putting it on my salad as the greens I got from the farmers market was so bitter I couldn’t eat them so I ate the dressing with rice cakes which was lovely. Many thanks

        Scotland is beautiful especially where I live up north on the coast with the mountains in the background, but we just don’t get good enough weather to really make the most of it. It’s lovely and sunny at the moment so I’m making the most of it.

      • Aren’t the potatoes just the best! I often just roast them like that to eat as is and they are always a hit! I’m glad you liked the dressing as well, even though it was super spicy! It would be great on rice cakes, good call! I find dressings and sauces that have avocado or nut bases are so versatile, you could basically spread them or mix them into anything!

        I wish I had gone there :( I was even planning to but came home sooner than expected. I’m glad I came home when I did but always wish I had managed to squeeze Scotland in. I miss Ireland weather- I love rain, and how it never got too hot. My skin was the best there that it has ever been! My favourite seasons are spring and fall so I’m really all about the temperate, kinda cool, kinda warm weather. I’m sure I would love your weather there too! Someday though! You are giving me even more reasons to go now :)

    • Hehe ya Dublin is definitely not the most vegetarian-friendly city in the world, but they do have a couple really great vegetarian restaurants and a great health and local food scene- the World Vegan Bake Sale they had was amazing! It was the first big city I lived in since going vegetarian so it was full of treasures for me to discover.

  7. sounds like a winner!! and gorgeous too! i’ve been trying to make avocado dressing for a while, but can never seem to get the consistency better than glorified paste! lol this sounds perfect! and cornucopia looks like a cute little pub! thanks for sharing!

    • I hope you try it- it took me a couple tries to get avocado sauces right, but once you get it, it’s easy! Cornucopia was so cute and homey- always friendly and warm! I will never forget it and hope to go back someday!

  8. I was in Dublin in the late 90s and I ate at Cornucopia. I was staying very close by. It was great and I loved the people there. It brings back good memories. Thanks for the great recipe and site!

    • Cornucopia is awesome! It was the first place I ever became a “regular” customer and they knew my dietary restrictions and always gave me little freebies- it was so lovely! Their food is clearly made with love- I bought their cookbook just so I could try and recreate their goodness in Canada. I’m glad this post resonated with you. Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you again :)

  9. OMG yum! This sounds so good! This blows any mayonnaise based potato salad out of the water! I’ll have to keep this in mind for this summer :) Thanks for another great recipe!

    I had no idea you lived in Dublin! I was there a few years ago when I was backpacking and it was by far my favorite city I visited! The people there are so sweet, I had such a great time! I remember going to a vegetarian restaurant too but I can’t remember the name of it!

    • Aww thanks! Ya mayo just can’t compete with avocado in pretty much any situation in my book :)

      Ya I spent a year there last January to right before Christmas- it was amazing, I miss it! There are 3 vegetarian restaurants there, which I frequented, but Cornucopia was my favourite! Affordable, convenient and delicious :) Irish people are amazing aren’t they? I miss their accent and mannerisms- I get “homesick” when I watch movies that take place there!

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