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Warm Potato Pesto Salad

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I have been getting back into reading thanks to my friends, Aggie and Kristen, for encouraging me. I have been reading on my iPhone via iBooks and just finished You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam. She’s a fellow dog lover and writes about how dogs taught her the secret to happiness. I love the way she writes, it’s easy to read and I couldn’t put it down. I seriously feel like we could be friends in real life. I laughed and I did cry, like really cried, so fair warning. If you love dogs, this is a great book for you. She also wrote Friendkeeping which I cannot stop talking about. It’s an awesome book that examines the different types of friendships we all have. I found myself nodding my head a lot and it made me appreciate my own friends even more. Both are keepers and I’ll probably be rereading Friendkeeping over and over again.

I’m just starting Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and I really want to get back into Steve Jobs’ biography (I own the hardcover edition). Since I started ordering books via iBooks app, I’m finding it harder to pick up a really thick book and it’s harder to pack it when traveling. It’s funny because I thought I would never get into reading books on my iPhone or iPad. I know some people like their Kindle. Do you have one? What do you think? And let me know what books you’re into right now. I need to add more to my goodreads list!

I shared my recipe for basil pesto made with walnuts last week and I told you I’m still holding onto summer. Nothing is more like summer than potato salad and pesto so how about combining them?

Warm Potato Pesto Salad from

It doesn’t take that long for these bite sized pieces to boil.

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Just to show you how small I cut them.

Warm Potato Pesto Salad from

Serve warm or cold. It reheats nicely too. You can prepare the pesto ahead of time or use store bought pesto to make this dish come off even faster.

Warm Potato Pesto Salad Recipe

Yield: Serves 4 to 6 as a side

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


1 1/2 pounds baby yellow or red Idaho potatoes, washed, drained and cut into quarters or eighths depending on the size
1/4 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, rinsed and halved or quartered
1/4 cup store bought or homemade basil pesto
salt & pepper
parmesan cheese for serving


To a large pot, add cut up potatoes and cover with at least 3 to 4 inches of water and add salt. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 5 to 8 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Remove potatoes and drain in a colander. Rinse quickly with cold water. Set aside and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

In the meantime, prep your tomatoes and make your pesto. Add pesto to the potatoes and mix gently with a rubber spatula. Add tomatoes and combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with parmesan cheese.

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29 Responses to “Warm Potato Pesto Salad”

  1. 1
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 4, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    I love the pesto added to your salad!


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    Paula - bell'alimento — September 4, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

    I love anything with pesto! Yum.


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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 4, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    When the hubs got me a nook, I seriously had my doubts but I agree – it’s So hard to pick up a real book now. It’s nice to not have the bulk!


    • Julie Deily replied: September 5th, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

      I hear you, that’s why I love reading on my phone & iPad!


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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell — September 4, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    Oh man oh man oh man, that sounds so good. I’m fairly new to pesto, but I’m loving it and potatoes are forever!

    You can read on your iphone? That’s too itty bitty for me!


    • Julie Deily replied: September 5th, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

      Yess I can LOL. And thanks!


  5. 5
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 4, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    I love pesto on my potato salad! Delicious!


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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — September 4, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    Julie, I love a good potato salad, especially if it includes pesto!


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 4, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    Beautiful salad. Pinned. And love the bowls. Have them – so versatile! :)


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    Tieghan — September 4, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    Mmm! Pesto and potatoes!! That sound so good and I love your pretty photos! Pinning!


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    Ruthy @ Omeletta — September 5, 2013 @ 12:09 am

    Love pesto potato salad!! How perfect for summer. And I totally agree on the books vs Kindle thing; I was soooo against getting a Kindle because I love real books so much. But then I was gifted a Kindle and I can hardly imagine packing a ton of books for vacations! I tear through books on my Kindle now.


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    Stephanie@Henry Happened — September 5, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    hello, deliciousness! this is going straight to my to-cook list.


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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — September 5, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    I’m not a traditional potato salad kinda girl, simply because I really dislike mayo, so this version is totally up my alley! Let’s be honest, anything with pesto is up my alley….

    I need to get back into reading as well, I’ve been guilty of just reading blogs, newspapers, and magazines over the past few months, but I love a good book. The Steve Jobs one is definitely one of my favorites from the past year!


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    Christine (Cook the Story) — September 5, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    I’ve just started reading again too. Mostly fiction though. Until last night when I finished a really really emotional book. It was kind of slow at the beginning but I sobbed for like an hour last night (Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah). I think I need to take it easy and move back to non-fiction for a bit. I’m going to check out some of the books you’ve mentioned. Actually, I’ve been meaning to read Lean In so thanks for that reminder.

    Oh, and the potato salad looks and sounds wonderful!!!


  13. 13
    Terri C — September 5, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Oh a must try!


  14. 14
    Maria Tadic — September 5, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    I love adding pesto to salads! I haven’t tried it with potato salad yet, but it looks awesome! It gives everything such a boost of flavor!


  15. 15
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — September 5, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    Love the idea of a potato salad with pesto!


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    Ashley - Baker by Nature — September 5, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    How have I not tried pesto on my potatoes!? This is brilliant!


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    Jersey Girl Cooks — September 6, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    I love making potato salads without mayonnaise. The pesto adds a nice touch.


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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — September 6, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    Yes, yes anddddd yes. Pass a bowl of this my way, please!


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    cassie — September 6, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

    The pesto is brilliant for potatoes. What a great side dish, Julie!


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    Cookin Canuck — September 6, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    I adore pesto with potatoes and would take this over a traditional mayo-based salad any day of the week. Thank you for listing the books you’ve been reading. I always need new ideas!


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    Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer — September 6, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

    Fabulous! Love pesto + potatoes! And love your book ideas, Julie!


  22. 22
    Marly — September 7, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    I can’t decide which I love more – the bowls or the pesto. No, wait, definitely the pesto…but those bowls are so nice too!


  23. 23
    Nutmeg Nanny — September 8, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Oh how perfect :) you combined my favorites, potato salad & pesto, yum!!


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    Aggie — September 11, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    I love that you are reading again :) I just finished 4 really good books in a row! I have been wanting to read Steve Jobs, Larry has it on his iPad.

    This potato salad looks fantastic!!


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    Jenny @ BAKE — September 15, 2013 @ 5:32 am

    This pesto potato salad looks delicious! I love my kindle, I just finished reading The Bone Seasons and could barely put it down! What I really love about my kindle is the ability to sync between devices so I can continue my book from where I left off on my phone.


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — September 26, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    I picked up reading ago a year or so ago, and it feels SO GOOD! I only wish I had way more time to do it. It still feels like such a luxury. Gorgeous potato salad, perfect for all the pesto we just made over the weekend!


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