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Dairy-Free Vegan Colcannon Recipe

  • Author: Shane Martin
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegan Side Dish Recipes, Vegan Holiday Recipes
  • Method: Boil, Sauté
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Irish
  • Diet: Vegan


Creamy and delicious dairy-free vegan Colcannon is made with just four simple and wholesome ingredients. Enjoy the healthy plant-based spin on this traditional Irish dish! It’s oil-free, gluten-free, and the perfect St. Patrick’s Day side dish.


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  • 4 medium to large potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups of chopped kale, stems removed
  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the chopped potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and easily pierced with a fork.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, place the chopped kale in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with a small amount of water and sauté until the kale is wilted. Usually no more than 5 minutes or so.
  3. Once the potatoes are tender, drain the water and return the potatoes to the pot. Pour in the plant-based milk and mash the potatoes with a potato masher until they are smooth and creamy.
  4. Fold the kale mixture into the mashed potatoes and season with salt and pepper. 
  5. Serve the vegan colcannon hot, garnished with a bit of chopped fresh parsley or green onions. Enjoy!


If you want a fluffy, creamy texture potatoes like russets are best. But, Yukon golds will work as well.

I prefer unsweetened soy milk or cashew milk because they’re both rich and creamy. But, unsweetened almond milk will work as well.

Peel and cut your potatoes into large even pieces. If the pieces are too small they can absorb too much water that basically turns into potato gelatin. The easiest thing to do is simply cut the potatoes into quarters.

Yes, you can overcook potatoes so don’t. They should be cooked until they are just fork-tender then drain them immediately using a colander.


  • Serving Size: 1 of 4
  • Calories: 184
  • Sugar: 4.4 g
  • Sodium: 88.6 mg
  • Fat: 1.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.6 g
  • Fiber: 6.4 g
  • Protein: 5.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: st. patrick's day recipes, vegan colcannon, plant-based colcannon, dairy-free, holiday recipes