Greek Vegan Potato Salad Without Mayo

Bowl of Greek potato salad garnished with lemon slices and sprig of oregano

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Special diet: gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, vegan

What do you get when you combine small red potatoes, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, and fresh oregano? A mouthwatering Greek-inspired vegan potato salad that goes with just about everything! Jump to:

Potato salad is practically a requirement at potlucks, picnics, and barbecues. This lightened-up Mediterranean version is a nice change of pace. If you enjoy the flavors of dishes like Grilled Baby Potatoes with Lemon Herb Sauce and Greek Lemon Roasted Potatoes, this is the recipe for you.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • It’s full of Mediterranean flavors yet only requires 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) and no mayo.
  • You can make it in about half an hour.
  • It pairs well with a variety of other dishes.
Sliced red potatoes on a cutting board


  • Small red potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon (zest and juice)
  • Fresh oregano
  • Salt and pepper

Success tip

Be sure to zest the lemon before you squeeze out the juice.

For the complete list of ingredients with measurements plus recipe instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.


Making this recipe is as simple as cooking the potatoes in a pot of water and whisking the dressing ingredients together.

Collage of two images showing the steps for making this recipe
  1. Simmer sliced potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork.
  2. Spread the cooked potatoes out on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper and let them cool. The warm potatoes will absorb the delicious lemony flavor.

Transfer the cooled potatoes to a serving bowl. Fold in the lemon zest and fresh minced oregano, then the potato salad is ready to eat.

Serving suggestions

Plate with Mediterranean Green Bean Salad, Greek Vegan Potato Salad, and Mediterranean Cannellini Bean Salad

Try this salad with your favorite sandwiches or burgers. Or pair it with a few other salads like the following to make it a complete meal:


Leftover potato salad can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Add a squeeze of lemon before serving to refresh the flavors. This dish does not freeze well.


Can you use yellow potatoes instead of red potatoes?

Yes, yellow potatoes like Yukon Gold, or other thin-skinned yellow or white potatoes can be used in place of red potatoes. On the other hand, russet potatoes are not a good substitute.

Can you use a grater to zest a lemon?

If you don’t have a Microplane or lemon zester, a box grater can be used. Or use a vegetable peeler to remove the yellow outer layer of the lemon and then finely chop it with a knife.

Can you use dried oregano instead of fresh?

If fresh oregano is unavailable, you can substitute 1 teaspoon dried oregano for the 1 tablespoon fresh.

📋 Recipe

  • ▢ 2 pounds small red potatoes, unpeeled, sliced ¼ -inch thick
  • ▢ ¼ cup olive oil
  • ▢ 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, (reserve lemon zest before juicing)
  • ▢ salt and pepper, to taste
  • ▢ 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano, minced
  • ▢ zest of one lemon
  • ▢ Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with one inch of water. Add a little salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
  • ▢ Drain the potatoes and spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easier clean up. It’s okay if the edges of the potatoes overlap a little.
  • ▢ In a small bowl whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper together. Use a spoon to drizzle the mixture over the potatoes. Allow the potatoes to rest for about 15 minutes until room temperature.
  • ▢ Transfer the potatoes to a serving bowl. Fold in the oregano and lemon zest. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper. Serve right away or cover and refrigerate for later.

Success tip:

Be sure to zest the lemon before you squeeze out the juice.


  • Yellow potatoes like Yukon Gold, or other thin-skinned yellow or white potatoes can be used in place of red potatoes. However, russet potatoes are not a good substitute.
  • If fresh oregano is unavailable, you can substitute 1 teaspoon dried oregano for the 1 tablespoon fresh.


Leftover potato salad can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Add a squeeze of lemon before serving to refresh the flavors.

More Mediterranean salad recipes

Looking for more delicious lettuce-free salads perfect for picnics and potlucks? Try some of these vegan Mediterranean diet favorites:

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Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 704mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimation only.

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Report: House Democrats’ Budget Slashes Border Enforcement Funding By A Billion Dollars

By Emily Zanotti

House Democrats have issued a budget proposal that includes a shocking slash to border enforcement, with a billion dollars slashed from Customs and Border Protection (CBP_, among other notable cuts.

Bloomberg Law reported Tuesday that House Democrats are pursuing even deeper cuts to the immigration enforcement budget than the Biden White House, which already proposed a significant reduction in CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) funding levels.

The cuts appear in the House’s draft fiscal 2022 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security, released this week.

Bloomberg Law reports that the Democrats want stiff cuts, largely to those departments charged with enforcing border regulations and handling illegal immigration, despite the record number of illegal immigrants encountered by Customs and Border Protection in April and May — jumps over already record levels.

If the draft legislation is passed, the “CBP would get $14.1 billion in net discretionary appropriations, almost a billion dollars less than the current fiscal year and a half-billion dollars less than the White House requested,” per Bloomberg, and the “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would get $1.55 million less than fiscal 2021, while U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would get a $346.7 million increase, which would help address processing backlogs.”

The border wall would face the biggest cut. The measure, Bloomberg said, will “rescind more than $2 billion from prior year appropriations for border barrier construction; it proposes no funding for additional Border Patrol agents or the border wall.”

Border governor, Texas Republican Greg Abbott, has proposed filling the hole left by ending construction on a wall across the southern border by building a Texas “border barrier” on the American side of the Texas-Mexico border. Such a project would, theoretically, allow Texas to bypass restrictions against state authorities enforcing federal law; when an illegal immigrant jumped a Texas border-barrier, the state suggests, Texas officials could arrest that immigrant for trespass and other state-level crimes.

There are some increases in the proposed DHS budget.

“The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency would get an added $397.4 million,” Bloomberg notes, citing threats to key infrastructure following the Colonial Pipeline hack, and  the “Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties would get $8.1 million more than fiscal 2021, $3.5 million more than White House requested.”

The GOP is already concerned that CBP is underfunded, particularly in light of an ongoing border crisis. In committee meetings earlier this month, House Republicans “grilled” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over what they deemed a critical lack of funding for border protection amidst some of the highest rates of illegal immigration in two decades, per Fox News.

“Mayorkas was testifying at the House Homeland Security Committee about the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget request for DHS, which he said would include $665 million in investments toward modernizing land ports of entry and $47 million to invest in detection capabilities in addition to investments in border surveillance technology,” the outlet reported.

Mayorkas was asked by Ranking Member John Katko, R-N.Y., if the request contains more hiring for more Border Patrol agents.

“It does not, we have vacancies now and we are focused on recruiting and hiring additional personnel,” Mayorkas responded.

Katko followed up by pointing to an “alarming” retirement rate among agents.

“We have a 21-year high in Border Patrol agents being pulled from all over the country to deal with the crisis at the border, and it seems to me it’d be a good time for us to contemplate pushing up Border Patrol,” he said.

CBP had more than 180,000 illegal immigrant encounters at the border last month. June numbers are expected out next week.

Shock Photos Show Damage In Miami Building Just 36 Hours Before Collapse

Emily Zanotti

A pool contractor who evaluated the Champlain South Tower pool deck just 36 hours before the building suddenly collapsed, took shocking pictures showing extensive damage to the building’s basement parking garage, according to an exclusive report from the Miami Herald, which also obtained the photos.

The photos, posted to social media by a Miami Herald reporter, show cracks and standing water in hallways of the building’s lower levels.

“There was standing water all over the parking garage,” the contractor reportedly told the Miami newspaper. “He noted cracking concrete and severely corroded rebar under the pool.”

“The contractor visited the condo building last week to put together a bid for a cosmetic restoration of the pool as well as to price out new pool equipment — a small piece of the multimillion-dollar restoration project that just was getting underway at the 40-year-old building,” the outlet noted.

“While he had worked in the industry for decades and had ‘gone in some scary places,” the Herald continued, “he said he was struck by the lack of maintenance in the lower level. The amount of water at Champlain Towers seemed so unusual that the contractor mentioned it to a building staff member, Jose, who was showing him around.”

Jose, the contractor said, thought the damage was from a waterproofing issue. The contractor, though, was concerned about what appeared to be more systemic issues, including pools of standing water and “exposed and corroding rebar,” as well as cracks in the concrete.

An expert noted to the Herald that the damage, shown in the contractor’s photos, was likely not enough to cause the collapse, but that it may represent just a fraction of the deterioration in the building: “If the condition of the beam in the pool guy’s photo is something that was also happening under the building, that is a really major concern.”

A 2018 report, now at the center of the investigation into how the Champlain South Towers collapsed so suddenly last Thursday, leaving at least 11 dead and 150 people missing, documented extensive damage, earlier reports noted, and in a letter to Champlain South Tower residents, the condominium board president specifically referenced corroding rebar and cracking concrete in her plea for a $15 million assessment to cover major repairs.

The board president, Fox News reported Tuesday, “noted that in fall 2018, engineering firm Morabito Consultants was hired to inspect the building, reports said. The engineering report pointed out flaws of the building ahead of work that would be needed for the building to meet 40-year recertification in 2021, documents showed.”

“The report found that the pool deck’s waterproofing had failed and was not sloped to drain water. It also pointed to ‘abundant cracking’ in concrete columns and beams,” Fox continued.

Experts who spoke to the New York Times on Monday said they suspected the building suffered from a catastrophic structural failure somewhere near “the bottom” of the building.

“It does appear to start either at or very near the bottom of the structure,” a consulting engineer who is not affiliated with the search and rescue operation told the New York Times. “It’s not like there’s a failure high and it pancaked down.”

A female resident of the building, who is now missing, reportedly called her husband just ahead of the collapse and reported that the pool had disappeared into a “sinkhole.”

Officials say they are still hopeful that they will find survivors in rubble and that the “search and rescue” operation has not yet turned into a “search and recovery” effort. They are also collecting and preserving items that could serve as evidence in ongoing investigations at both the state and federal levels.

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