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Rustic Pesto Potato Salad

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Can you really go wrong with garlic, basil, olive oil, salt, and potatoes...I mean c'mon, I really don't think so. I call this dish "Rustic Pesto Potato Salad" because it has all of the ingredients that you would use to make pesto but instead of mixing everything into a sauce, I just give them a rough chop and toss it all together so it has a rustic feel. A lot of times when I make this potato salad, I'll serve an egg over the top. For me it takes this salad from a side dish to a main meal. In the video, I demonstrate this recipe with the egg, but you could easily skip the egg and serve this as a side dish with some grilled fish or chicken. Every time I bring this salad to a BBQ, it's the first to go! Oh, and just a few things to keep in mind: 1. This salad is best served at room temperature 2. No, I did not make an error in the really does use ten cloves of garlic 3. Don't be stingy with the salt...a good fat, flaky, sea salt makes this salad very happy!
  Small thin skinned potatoes 1 Pound (Red & White)
  Green beans 1 Pound, trimmed
  Garlic cloves 10 , chopped
  Basil 1 Cup (16 tbs), sliced
  Toasted pine nuts 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Extra virgin olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste

1) Cook potatoes in a large pot of salted water for 5-
7 minutes. Be careful to not overcook or else
you'll end up with mushy potatoes.
2) 2 minutes before potatoes are done, toss in your
green beans. Drain altogether and place back into
3) Add garlic, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper and
mix together thoroughly.
4) Serve yourself a plate and top with a fried egg!
Trust me, you'll love it!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
5 Minutes
Ready In: 
15 Minutes
Want to recreate the same pesto flavor in your salad? This rustic pesto potato salad includes all pesto ingredients, so you get the similar flavor. It can be an ideal side dish with grilled chicken or salmon. Without the egg, it is a perfect salad for the vegans.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 319 Calories from Fat 191

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 21 g32.8%

Saturated Fat 1.5 g7.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 140 mg5.8%

Total Carbohydrates 25 g8.5%

Dietary Fiber 6.3 g25.2%

Sugars 3.7 g

Protein 6 g12%

Vitamin A 19.2% Vitamin C 30.5%

Calcium 6% Iron 5.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Rustic Pesto Potato Salad Recipe Video