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Garlicky Kale Mashed Potatoes with a vegan option
5 from 2 votes

Garlicky Kale Mashed Potatoes

A healthy twist on the traditional mashed potatoes, this recipe is packed with garlicky sautéed kale and modified with a vegan option with zero taste compromise!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword kale, Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 1/2 lbs Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 8 cups lightly packed torn kale leaves (1 head kale)
  • 1/3 cup butter or vegan butter
  • 1 cup cashew cream* or light cream (see note)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • sliced scallions or chives for garnish (optional)


Prepare the Cashew Cream

  1. Prepare the cashew cream if using: note that you will need to prepare this in advance as the cashews need time to soak (use the quick soak method if you are pressed for time).

Prepare the Potatoes

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the potatoes and cook until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, about 20-25 minutes.  Drain once cooked and prepare the kale while the potatoes are cooking.

Prepare the Kale

  1. While the potatoes are cooking, in a large frying pan on medium heat, add the olive oil.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds (do not brown the garlic).  Add the kale and cook, tossing regularly, until the kale is wilted and cooked, about 3-4 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Assemble the Mashed Potatoes

  1. In a microwave-safe dish, heat the cashew cream and butter until warm and the butter starts to melt (this will help prevent your dish from cooling down when added to the potatoes).  Mash the drained potatoes immediately with a potato masher and add the cashew cream and butter along with the nutritional yeast and salt and pepper.  Continue to mash the potatoes to combine, and add the kale.  Mash again just to combine, finish seasoning with salt and pepper if needed and serve!