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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pesto Potato Salad

Pesto Potato Salad
Pesto Potato Salad

there are two moments in the year where the stars seem to align and no matter where you are in the world, in the northern or southern hemisphere, the temps dip or rise to a mildness that brings about a sweetness in the air, and a fragile but hopeful beat to our hearts. it is neither hot nor cold, and it's my favorite times of year...

there is a small garden near dw's place that we like to run by when we're training, they have tulips budding and i can't tell you how excited i am about this. we walked thru last night, after work, holding hands and i silently counted the days until i would see the colorful petals. very soon it will be picnic season, and a floral breeze will sweep thru our open windows.

this recipe is inspired by the warming temperatures of spring's imminent arrival. perfect for picnics as it does not use easily perishable mayo. Use only the freshest of ingredients, organic if possible.

disclaimer: this is a sponsored post by the Idaho® Potato Commission. All opinions expressed are mine (because listen, everyone is entitled to my opinion). I was compensated for joining in the fun.

Pesto Potato Salad ~ organic and dairy free
serves about 5-6

scrub 4 medium sized organic Idaho potatoes. if using organic spuds, do not peel; the skin provides nutrients and texture. slice length-wise and then cut into bite size cubes
place in big a pot, fill with cold water, just barely cover. bring to a boil, lowering fire to medium for a nice simmer. cook potato cubes till just fork tender. drain water. set aside to cool.

Pesto
carefully pick leaves of half a bunch of organic parsley. wash and dry thoroughly.
1/4 cup of raw pine nuts. toast in small frying pan, being careful to not burn. you want the nuts to turn a nice golden shade all over.
salt/pepper to taste
2 cloves of garlic
splash of lemon juice
1/2 cup of good olive oil

in a blender or vitamix, add all ingredients except for the oil. slowly stream in the olive oil until all is emulsified. taste and season with salt/pepper.

incorporate pesto into bowl of potatoes. mix well. serve warm, at room temp or cold. you can also add diced red onions for color or even some capers and crushed kalamata olives for added saltiness. this is a perfect side for fried chicken, burgers, or hot dogs.

the daffodils are blooming and just yesterday i saw tulips peeking from their dirt beds. soon, gardens will be abloom, begging for checkered blankets, picnic baskets and frisbee games.

Pesto Potato Salad

hello Spring, you have been eagerly anticipated.

Serves: 4 to 6 as a side

INGREDIENTS

4 Medium Organic Russet ®Idaho Potatoes

Optional:
Diced red onion
Capers
Kalamata Olives - crushed

Pesto Dressing

½ bunch – Organic parsley, washed and thoroughly dried
¼ cup raw pine nuts
2 cloves garlic
splash of lemon juice
1/2 cup of good extra virgin olive oil
salt &pepper to taste

9 comments:

  1. Oh my foodness! I love the idea of a lighter-than-normal potato salad. Sounds divine! The gorgeous photos don't hurt...

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  2. Wow! Pesto with potatoes sounds divine!

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  3. i have made pesto potato salad with pre-made pesto and greek yogurt. this looks yummy as well - will have to try it.

    http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

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  4. So simple but such a seemingly great combination!

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  5. movitabeaucoup, yes, anything light to consume is great during this season, yes, especially before bathing suit time. :)

    vinita, it really is! and what's great is if you don't have the herbs available, just use store bought..

    chapstick fanatic, let me know how it works for you!

    laura, the best combos are the simple ones! :)

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  6. omg i love that quote! can agree wholeheartedly with that. can't wait to declare it's spring after the long bout of winter. pesto and potatoes sound yummy! I don't know why but I've never actually put the two together. will do!

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  7. Your description of spring/cool autumn made me feel like I was sitting in a movie, on a lovely blanket on the grass, slowly munching on these potato salad. Sounds like a pretty perfect day to me. I love pesto and potatoes. Actually, I like pesto with anything :)

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  8. Shu Han, it really is the best picnic item and spring is the best time to have picnics! win!

    beetlebuggy, yes pesto with anything really is great... but noshing on it outside, during lovely weather makes it even greater!

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  9. This looks so lovely! I adore potatoes, but never thought to pair it with pesto. The parsley here is so pretty, too. Gorgeous pics as always!

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