How’d you like that title for alliteration? ;) The reason I say that it’s perfect for picnics or outdoor bbqs is because there’s no mayonaisse in this salad. Which means no spoiling and no making partygoers sick. I think that’s a win-win for everyone.

Plus, I’m pretty sure I haven’t met a person who doesn’t eat pesto. This is a sophisticated take on the typical potato salad. It contains toasted pine nuts mixed in with the taters and sauce.

So how did I decide to make this recipe? Well, let me tell you a little story. It starts like this:

Grocery shopping in New York City completely sucks. The markets are small, with limited supplies and the prices are through the roof. This is the main reason that Nate loves to shop at Trader Joe’s.

TJ’s is great for some things, but for produce it’s really not the best. Since we just moved and have to completely restock our fridge, I suggested we take a walk over to the West Side and get some stuff at TJs and then go next door to Fairway.

I had heard that Fairway is pretty much the best supermarket in Manhattan. It’s large with competitive prices. So this weekend we packed up our shopping bags and headed over.

I have to say that their produce selection far surpassed any other market in NYC. While there, I noticed a bounty of basil. They were selling a gigantic bunch for under $2! Compared to the little package at the other markets for like $4, I was thrilled.

Needless to say, pesto was on my mind.

Now, if you’re going to make the effort to haul out the food processor for this recipe, you should definitely double or triple the amount of pesto you make. I’m sure you know that pesto can be enjoyed many ways, so it’s always good to have some around. I tripled the pesto part of the recipe so I could have some on hand for pasta when I’m feeling lazy later in the week.

I <3 basil.

This dish is best served at room temp but could easily be served cold as well. You should definitely make it for your next summer party.

Potato Salad with Pine Nuts and Pesto
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Serves 4-6

1 cup packed basil leaves
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
4 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 lb boiling potatoes
salt and pepper

Make pesto- put basil leaves, 2 Tbsp pine nuts, oil, cheese and garlic in blender. Puree.

Steam potatoes, cut in 3/4″ pieces. Place in bowl, toss with pesto while still warm.

Add rest of pine nuts, season with salt and pepper.

Serve room temperature.


  1. Nicole McEntee

    yumm this one made it to the printer for sure, pesto is my fav!

  2. Dangit, I did it again. I try to be good really, but I just started scrolling and going mmm. Had to go back and read it, seriously you could’ve written look how pretty green food coloring was and I wouldn’t have known. Such yummy pictures. Anyway, I see no weird ingredients involved so I’m safe. Looks like a wonderful recipe. And anything that doesn’t call for mayo will be popular with the wife.

    • Hehe, well I’m glad my pictures at least look good to you. I’m usually in such a rush to get dinner on the table and dig in that I can’t take the time I want taking photos…especially with the dusky lighting outside.

  3. This is totally a nice change from the normal “same ol same ol” potato salad! Thanks for the recipe! Your blog is quickly becoming one of my all time favs to check out! Such great ideas!

    p.s – I also heart basil – very much!

  4. I’d be excited about finding that deal myself. I never seem to have all the basil I need. What a delicious looking potato salad. I love the idea of making extra pesto at the same time for future dishes.

    • Hehe, I figured you’d like making extra ahead of time. I know you’re all about shortcuts, like me (like cutting up extra slimy, raw chicken for when you need it later) ;)

  5. great minds must think alike because i totally did the same thing for thanksgiving last year, but pesto with roasted potatoes! :) i love pesto b/c it goes great with anything hehehe.

  6. I totally used to shop at Fairway, every Sunday morning after church. I went to the one on like 87th or something? West side. Anyway… I loved it for the selection and prices… HATED the lines! It was always so busy. But I’m glad you are finding great stores to go to! In the city, it’s like finding a gold mine. And this potato salad is beautiful :)

    • Yeah, that’s the one I was at! The lines did stink. And they didn’t carry basic stuff like toothbrushes, etc…weird. I can’t wait to live in the suburbs and drive to the large, extensively stocked grocery stores :)

  7. I despise potato salad because I absolutely hate mayo. It grosses me out and I swear whenever I mistakenly eat something with it I get sick. The pesto though I like, I like a lot. I cannot wait to try this out.

    • Hi Emily, thanks for stopping by! Hehe, I’m glad I’ve found you a potato salad you’ll eat :) I’m not a fan of the mayo stuff either :)

  8. You know, you’re so right. I should really go to Fairway more often! I think I’ve been once in the two years since I’ve moved back here. INSANE.

    This is a pretty fabulous potato salad. Throw in some white beans and in my opinion, you’ve got yourself a meal.

    • It’s def the place to go for fresh produce, meats, etc…not so much for packaged goods. Mmm, I bet putting some white beans in here would be delicious!

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