Thursday, June 17, 2010

pesto potato salad

pesto potato salad
This is just so easy... and so crazy good, I really had no choice but to share it with you.  Make it for yourself and you might be shouting from rooftops, too. Bring it to your next picnic, and you'll be a hero!

Pesto Potato Salad
  • quartered potatoes: boiled
  • snap peas
  • fresh dill *
  • sweet red onion chopped
  • pesto dressing 
 Toss all ingredients together in a bowl and sprinkle on any added salt or coarse ground pepper to taste.

Pesto Dressing
Your favorite pesto diluted with lemon juice, a light vinegar such as rice or champagne, and a touch of sweetness like maple syrup.
This is what I combined in my food processor:
  • basil
  • garlic clove
  • olive oil
  • handful of pumpkin seeds (wonderful change of pace from pine nuts and walnuts)
  • lemon juice
  • vinegar
  • salt
  • maple syrup
Capers might have been a nice addition to the salad, but I didn't think about it until just now. Next time. However, we did serve it along side pickled beets... perfection, really!

* I have somehow always feared combining a dish that had both basil and dill... so glad I got over it, because this one WORKS!

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    1. we love fresh potatoe salads with peas and chives from the garden.
      We usually eat all our meals outdoors but the last few nights it has been really stormy .
      WIshing for warm and sun to return very soon.

    2. Can't wait to make this for my family this weekend, I've got all the ingredients ready to go! Thanks!!!!

    3. This looks super yummy.
      I haven't had pesto in ages. Thanks.

    4. yummy, my mouth is watering...mind if I join you for lunch?

    5. this sounds fabulous, i can't wait to try it! thank you for taking the basil~dill risk! happy day to you!!!

    6. Oh my goodness - that looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing... Printing it out right now.

      p.s. I made banana bread and blogged about it today!

    7. Yum yum yum! Absolutely cannot wait to try this!

    8. Gasp! I want to eat with you! Looks soooo good. And I'm very allergic to pine nuts, I never considered there'd be an alternative and that I can still eat pesto! Thank you thank you thank you!

    9. Ohhhhh this looks and sounds ohhh so delicious!! I can't wait to try it out, my mouth is watering just looking at it. :) Thanks so much for sharing.

      Have a lovely day, Maya!


    10. I'd love a plate of this right now! Sounds so fresh and good.


    11. This is the second pesto/potato dish to catch my eye recently... guess I'd better give it a go! It looks so very tasty!

    12. Awesome! We have a lot of basil in our garden right now, so I'll give this a try!

    13. Snap peas in potato salad?! Doh! Why didn't I think of that! With pesto coming on strong, and peas alongside, I dare say it's about time to give this a whirl... Thx for the idea!

    14. This looks amazing! Potatoes and pesto together, simple, genius! Your photos - delicious!

      I have featured this post on my blog today!

      I can't wait to try this recipe - our neighborhood 4th of July block party is right around the corner - I'm totally bringing this! And I hope by sharing the link, others will be inspired to try this too!


    15. are the snap peas cooked in any way or are they fresh and "raw"

    16. Hi Annette,
      Fresh and raw!
      I'm making some more for a potluck this weekend!

    17. oh I have some garlic scape pesto that I am going to do this with, yummm

    18. This looks like a recipe that will take full advantage of our new garden plot in the community garden. I can't wait to share it with the family!

    19. ooh, yum! I have ALL of those things on hand at home!

    20. Yum! This was SO good. I made it with green beans instead of snap peas as they're what's in season. Even my DH who is a picky veggie eater liked it. Thanks for sharing!