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Pat's Picnic Potato Salad


Not your traditional mayonnaise and mustard based potato salad, but this is one that they'll ask you to bring again! The pesto is perfect with the potatoes!

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  • Salt
  • 3 pounds small red skinned potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup packed mint leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup toasted, chopped pecans
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


Servings 6
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 22mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium heat. Add the potatoes and cook until just tender, about 12 minutes. Drain well and let cool slightly.

Pulse the basil, mint, garlic, pecans, lemon juice, Parmesan, salt and pepper, to taste, and red pepper flakes in a food processor. Drizzle in the olive oil while the machine is running.

Spoon the pesto into a large serving bowl, then add the potatoes and toss to coat. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Recipe courtesy The Neelys

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