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Monday, June 13, 2011

Potato Salad with Cilantro Pesto

Simple, delicious and ... green... for June 2011 Daring Cooks challenge
Source Improvised

Taste 5 (out of 5)

1 (out of 5)


- 1 lb of new potatoes, cut into quarters or eights (420 cal)
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup walnuts (165 cal)
- 1/2 lemon, zest and juice (15 cal)
- 2 cloves garlic (10 cal)
- 1/2 cup no-fat yogurt (70 cal)
- black pepper
- salt
Total 4 servings, 680 cal, 170 cal / serving

1. Wash the potatoes and cut the potatoes, do not peel. In a medium pot bring water to a boil, add the potatoes and salt and cook until the potatoes are cooked, but still hold their shape, about 15-20 minutes.
2. In the meantime, combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender and pulse until well combined.
3. Drain the potatoes and toss with the pesto until coated. Serve warm, cold or at room temperature.


I’ve been making a lot of variations of pesto recently, with parsley, cilantro, chives, different nuts, sour cream, olive oil – anything goes :-). It’s really great with pasta, potatoes, steamed foods… Adds so much fresh flavor and it’s so easy to make!

Blog-checking lines:
Jami Sorrento was our June Daring Cooks hostess and she chose to challenge us to celebrate the humble spud by making a delicious and healthy potato salad. The Daring Cooks Potato Salad Challenge was sponsored by the nice people at the United States Potato Board, who awarded prizes to the top 3 most creative and healthy potato salads. A medium-size (5.3 ounce) potato has 110 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium and includes nearly half your daily value of vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana!


Lisa Ho said...

Cilantro pesto in potato salad... Amazing.
And Best of Luck in the Challenge :D

Zodelicious said...

Hello CR
I like this idea, its something different. Reminds me that some traditional pesto recipes include potatoes with the pasta. Yum!

Holly Henry said...

This looks co yummy and healthy to boot! I'm totally gonna give this one a try!

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chef_d said...

Yummy what a great idea! I love cilantro and I love pesto, pefect!

Jo said...

Ooooh, this sounds really good, I didn't think about pesto on potato salad, but the possibilities there are really endless!

Jocie's Mom said...

Lovely! That looks delicious :) Buzzed

Anonymous said...

Beautiful idea to spice up potatoes with wonderful cilantro....excellent:)

Erin said...

Looks pretty with the bright green color! Good luck in the challenge!

Mary said...

I love cilantro pesto, so this sounds like an amazing salad! Great colour too!

Magic of Spice said...

Oh boy do you know how to improvise...Wow! I adore cilantro pesto and with a refreshing summer potato salad, excellent!
Hope you are having a wonderful week

Morgan said...

Looks like such a yummy combo! That pesto sounds soo good.

Sarah said...

You couldn't have said it better! This looks wonderful! I love the cilantro pesto and potato combination! I'll be keeping this recipe on hand during bbq season for sure!

Hannah said...

Not a fan of cilantro, personally, but I love this idea! I have a ton of pesto stored in the freezer already, too. :)

Virtually Vegan Mama said...

I love cilantro pesto! Looks yummy =)


Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Lovely color and flavor. This is the most interesting potato salad I've seen in a long time :).

sarah k @ the pajama chef said...

blogged this recipe for SRC today! it was amazing! thanks so much :)