Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

This rustic vegan mashed potatoes recipe is made with olive oil, rosemary, garlic, scallions, and kale. A delicious, easy vegetarian holiday side dish!

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Thanksgiving is next week, but I’ve been eating mashed potatoes for a while now because blogging life means eating holiday recipes early! I first made these vegan mashed potatoes for a family dinner a few weeks ago. While I was in the kitchen mashing stuff in a bowl, my brother-in-law came over and asked, “What’s in the mashed potatoes?” I said, “Potatoes…” and he said, “No, I mean, what’s the ‘potato’…is it cauliflower…is it parsnips?” He knows me so well.

It dawned on me how rarely I make actual potatoes, but we’re changing that today. This Thanksgiving our potatoes are potatoes! We’re also adding a bunch of kale to them because, well… I’m still me.

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes ingredients

What’s special about this mashed potatoes recipe?

These potatoes are not your creamy whipped cloud potato – if you’re craving that style of mash, go make this recipe. In contrast, today’s recipe is a rustic mash with garlic, scallions, and rosemary. The skins of the potatoes stay on, which makes for a wonderful texture and also ease of cooking. This whole recipe comes together in about 20 minutes and requires no peeling.

What’s more, there’s nearly a whole bunch of kale in this mashed potatoes recipe. No one will realize it, though, because it cooks down and mixes in to the potatoes so well.

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Kale, scallions, garlic, and….olive oil!

Instead of butter or sour cream, I use good amount of olive oil, which adds a delicious flavor and creamy texture to this mashed potatoes recipe. It also makes this recipe vegan without having to use any type of vegan butter substitute. I just love olive oil so much.

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Mmm… look at all of that kale!

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

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These rustic vegan mashed potatoes are made with olive oil, rosemary, garlic, scallions, and kale. A delicious, easy vegetarian holiday side dish!
Serves: 4 to 6
  • 2 pounds unpeeled yellow potatoes (or Yukon Gold), cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • 4 cups finely chopped kale (1 small bunch)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinches of red pepper flakes (optional)
  1. Place the potatoes, garlic, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover the potatoes by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  2. Heat ½ teaspoon olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the scallions and kale, and cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Use a potato masher to coarsely mash the potatoes and garlic. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the ⅓ cup olive oil, ½ cup of the reserved cooking liquid, the kale, scallions, rosemary, ½ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper. Continue folding until creamy, adding up to ½ cup more cooking liquid and additional drizzles of olive oil, if desired. Season to taste with up to ½ teaspoon more salt, and pinches of red pepper flakes, if desired. Serve hot.



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  1. Lorie

    Delicious! Fixed exactly as written but added 1 can of drained and rinsed pinto beans before serving for some added fiber and protein. It made a great lunch!

  2. Gianna

    Just made this…literally 15 minutes ago. Had my 17-year-old brother (who hates kale) taste test and it’s safe to say there won’t be leftovers. Next time I will definitely make more!! This recipe will be such a hit at Thanksgiving! Thank you Jeanine!!!

  3. Becca

    Made this for dinner tonight with frozen spinach instead of kale, & onion powder because I didn’t have any scallions. Abolutely delicious, & makes me feel way better about stuffing my face with mashed potatoes. Will for sure make again!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Ha ha, I’m so glad you loved it!

  4. Mel

    This sounds great, also sound like Colcannon, a traditional Irish dish. Was thinking what to do with my potatoes and I think this is it!

  5. Christina

    Can you freeze this? I would love to make some dishes ahead for Thanksgiving this year.

  6. Rebecca

    My cousin recommended your website to me as I am wanting to add in more vegetarian meals to what we eat. I started with this recipe this evening and I have to say it is DELICIOUS! I never would have thought my traditional mashed potatoes with tons of butter and milk could be topped but this is excellent! Thank you for posting it and I’ll be sure to keep trying other recipes of yours. 🙂

  7. falafel recipe

    I love eating boiled potatoes with different flavors. I tried this recipe and really love it as has good amount of nutritional value. You may also try healthy falafel recipe as it tastes amazing.

  8. The dish look amazing and as per my knowledge Kale is good for our health and skin, even potatoes has large amount of vitamins. So I feel this is very health dish and I would really like to try this recipe.

  9. Gil

    I took this Mash recipe as my starting point and built up from it. Served with Chicken Meunière and Spicy Jalapeño Cranberry sauce. Another evening spent in great company, fine food and wine and laughter to the stars.
    Thank you Jeanine for being often a key inspiration on my culinary palette.
    Cheers !

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Gil,

      That sounds like an amazing evening (spicy cranberry sauce – YUM)! I’m so happy the recipes have been an inspiration – thank you for coming back to let me know!!

  10. Jan Nevins

    This looks wonderful and I think I will make it for Thanksgiving. I think I will substitute cauliflower for about 1/2 of the potatos!

  11. Liberty

    I made your wonderful kale and potato salad this morning. Its 25 degrees out and this is the perfect breakfast for a cold morning. I love your recipes and bought your cookbook. You had me at Lemons! I love lemons.

    • Ina

      Elizabeth, The Dutch name for kale is boerenkool, which translates as farmer’s cabbage. Made without garlic, scallions, rosemary or pepper flakes, just some milk while mashing and butter if you have any.

      • Lorie

        Your butter and milk now make it non-vegan. You’ve missed the point of this recipe.

  12. Elizabeth

    This is an actual dish that my Dutch family makes – it’s called borecole! Which is the Dutch translation for “kale”. The dish is actually made up of hand/rough mashed potatoes and kale mixed in. Traditionally it’s served with sausage (rookworst).

  13. My favorite dish from Kenya is irio, which is mashed potatoes with collard greens, maize and beans (and onions, but you have scallions–same idea). It’s basically what you have here, with the addition of corn and beans, which provide a complete protein, because in much of Kenya, meat is a Sundays-only extravagance.
    There are a couple of special things about irio. You very finely chop the collard greens (or spinach or kale, but collard greens are revered there, they are called sukuma wiki–push the week–something to stretch resources). The fine chop, and no cooking–they wilt with the heat of the mashed potatoes, lets the chlorophyl escape and tint the potatoes a vivid green. Who doesn’t love flourescent green food! Natural!
    The second thing is that you’re supposed to eat with your hand. Your right hand. In Kenya and other countries in Africa, texture is just as important as flavor and smell and presentation. Folks play with their food as they converse.
    This recipe is a big hit with kids: bright green, and you eat with your hands. And: mashed potatoes. What’s not to love?

    • Julia

      Wow…. that Irio dish sounds delicious as a fun to eat!

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