Potato mash with creamy cucumber-avocado salad

My mom told me she’s cooking this dish last weekend and I totally forgot about its existence.
Originally it’s made with minced and fried bacon and a super basic cucumber salad.
It’s an eastern European recipe for poor times and I used to love it in my childhood. We ate it nearly every week and I was excited about recreating it.
It’s still super quick, easy and cheap and something for heavy munchies!
I steamed cod in addition but originally we ate just the potato-mash with fried onions, bacon and cucumber salad.
I also thought about substituting the bacon with smoked tofu but it wasn’t available the day I made it and it’s actually unnecessary.


  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 30g capers
  • 250g plant yoghurt (I used soya)
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup herb mixture (parsley, chives, sorrel, cress, borage, pimpernelle)
  • 1 cup fresh dill
  • freshly ground black pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, nutmeg, (sumac to taste – not mandatory)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp EVOO


  1. peel and cook potatoes until soft (about 20-30 min)
  2. meanwhile grate cucumbers, set aside
  3. mix avocado pieces, lemon juice, mustard and yoghurt in a large bowl and blend until smooth and creamy
  4. add grated cucumber, capers, mixed herbs + 1/4 cup dill, pepper and salt to taste, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp sumac and stir well
  5. roast onions in a non-sticking pan on medium heat till fragrant and brown, deglaze and reduce with white wine
  6. if potatoes are ready, mash them roughly
  7. mix with roasted onions, EVOO, nutritional yeast, pepper, salt, sumac and freshly ground nutmeg (each about 1/2 tsp), as well as 3/4 cup freshly chopped dill

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