Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pesto Pecan Potato Salad

One of the many signs that summer is here...the potato salad arrives. Yesterday, we attended a 4 cake birthday party for some of our dearest friends who share a Birthweek and I knew it was time, according to the date (not the weather) to break out the potato salad. I came up with this recipe a couple of summers ago when I was pregnant with Lil Miss and I just couldn't get enough pesto into every meal. The combination of the pesto, green onions and pecans is a mouthful of nutty garlicky goodness. The dressing is very forgiving, so taste as you go. Add more pecans if you like more crunch. Add a little more garlic if you are a fan. Add more dressing if you like your salads saucy. Enjoy!




Pesto Pecan Potato Salad


  • 3 lbs organic red potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3/4 cup pesto
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 3/4 cup coursely chopped pecans
  • 4 finely chopped green onions

  1. Bring large pot of water to boil and add potatoes. Gently boil for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender when tested with a fork. Pour into a strainer and douse with cool water to stop the cooking process.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine pesto, garlic and mayo. Add pecans and green onions and mix thoroughly.
  3. In your large serving bowl, pour a small amount of the dressing into the bottom. Add cooled potatoes. Pour the rest of the dressing on top and mix vigorously with a wooden spoon until the salad is uniformly dressed. Chill for 1-2 hours for the flavors to meld. If you wait overnight...amazing things will happen to these flavors.



  1. This sounds great Val!!! Never mind that I love potato salad, this is such a nice change with a little added something with the nuts! I might actually have to break down and make this one!! xo

  2. This sounds like its going to be my new dish to pass at all the summer parties!! YUMMY!!!

  3. Val, the potato salad sounds wonderful! I haven't eaten potato salad in a long time, but I now have a craving for it! Also love the 4 cake birthday pic! How cool is that?!



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