Potato and Tomato Pesto Salad

Potato and Tomato Pesto Salad
Recipe by Dragon

This dish is the perfect barbeque or picnic salad. All the ingredients are able to stay out for a long time, but it is so delicious, you won't have to worry about that. I brought this salad to a barbeque on the weekend and it was well received, even by the kids. I love eating this salad when the potatoes are still warm but it tastes great even at room temperature. Try it with some grilled chicken or pork.

Makes: 4-6

1 pound of yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
4 slices, bacon, cooked and crumbled into big pieces
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/3 cup fresh pesto (click to get pesto recipe)
salt and pepper to taste


1. Cook potatoes in a pot of salted boiling water until they are fork tender. Drain pototoes and transfer the potatoes back to the pot.

2. While the potatoes are still hot, add tomatoes and pesto. Stir until the pototoes and tomatoes are covered with the pesto.

3. Add the bacon pieces and toasted pine nuts. Stir gently to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serve warm or at room temperature.

This is my entry to the summer version of Waiter There's Something In My....Picnic.


Anonymous said...

This looks great. My only issue is that if that was my bowl, it'd better be full!

Arundathi said...

interesting - i've never tomato and potato together in a salad. but that looks like a great use for your pesto! mmm

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

I love the title of this dish. And I love potatoes and pesto together. This is summery, yet hearty at the same time.

Unknown said...

gorgeous looking salad! ;)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Dragon, pesto makes anything special, and I have got to try it this way! YUM!

Dee said...

Hmm... I make pesto, I make potato salad, but I'm not sure why I've never married the two. It's one of those things that make you want to hit yourself on the side of the head.

Thanks, I needed this :)

Dragon said...

lucky: Me too! I was showing restraint. :)

arundathi: The tomato gives both sweetness and a little acidity to the salad.

js: Exactly!

rita: Thanks!

patricia: Pesto makes everything better.:)

Dragon said...

dee: No hitting necessary, my dear. :) Let me know how it turns out for you.

Lo said...

I'm with Patricia -- pesto makes anything better!

That said, so does bacon. "When in doubt, add more snout," as we like to say! :)

Hyperion said...

This looks so good. You know what I would use it for? As the "condiment" on a big sub sandwhich. Imagine a turkey or roast beef sandwhich, with this slathered all across. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Anonymous said...

Well you know I love this! I never thought of combining potato and tomato...what a great idea!

Olga said...

Love the combination! I think I've put those ingredients together in separate groups in the past but not all in one bowl: delicious idea!

Dragon said...

lo: 'add more snout', love it!

hyperion: Sounds great!

noble: I knew you would. :)

olga: Give it a try. You'll love it.

Nina Timm said...

You definitely know your way with potatoes....I think I will like this salad warm too!Yummee!

Jeanne said...

I am SO making this for our big summer BBQ in 2 weeks time - all my favourite flavours!

thepassionatecook said...

PERFECT combination of flavours! a great idea! i always make the same boring potato salad... but not anymore! thanks for bringing this to our picnic table/blanket!

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