Vegan Irish Colcannon Potatoes and Cabbage Recipe

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  • 55 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings

Looking for a St. Patrick's Day meal vegans can enjoy, or just longing for a wee taste of Ireland? Colcannon is a traditional Irish side dish made with potatoes and cabbage, and this vegan Irish colcannon potatoes and cabbage recipe ​puts a vegetarian and vegan spin on a true classic Irish dish.

The word colcannon comes from the Gaelic word, cal ceannann, which means white-headed cabbage. Potatoes, cabbages, and leeks were very common and considered foods of the average citizens of Europe and Ireland during Medieval times. Because of the availability of these foods, it makes sense that home cooks would get creative and create a dish that incorporated these three common ingredients. Today, in Ireland, colcannon is typically served on special occasions with ham or Irish bacon, but it is just as tasty prepared in a vegan style. Colcannon was introduced to the United States by Irish immigrants and is most commonly served on St. Patrick's Day.

You don't have to be Irish—or vegan for that matter—to enjoy this vegan Irish colcannon potatoes and cabbage recipe tonight.

What You'll Need

  • water for boiling
  • 5 large potatoes
  • 1 head green cabbage, chopped
  • 3 leeks, sliced
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and add enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook for at least 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  2. In a separate pot, boil the cabbage in water for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. In another pot or skillet, cook leeks in soy milk until tender, about 15 minutes.
  4. When potatoes are done cooking, mash them together with leeks, soy milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  1. Add cabbage and stir to combine.
  2. Add more salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!


  • This recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, which will give the dish a bit of a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. If you would prefer to avoid this flavor profile, simply leave out the nutmeg.
  • This recipe is gluten free, but check your soy milk if you have Celiac's disease or are a gluten sensitivity. Many brands make gluten-free soy milk, but you should not assume that just because you are buying soy milk, it is gluten free.


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