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Green Bean and Potato Salad with Pesto


Pair this hearty side dish with a piece of simply grilled chicken or fish.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Everyday Food, June 2005


  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup pecans, toasted
  • 1 small garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds small red new potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed and halved crosswise


  1. Make pesto: Bring 2 cups water to a simmer in a small saucepan. Add basil, and submerge with a spoon; immediately drain in a colander. In a blender, combine basil, pecans, garlic, lemon juice, oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 cup water; blend until smooth. Set aside.

  2. Make salad: In a large saucepan, cover potatoes with salted water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 15 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon (reserve pan of water). When cool enough to handle, cut potatoes into quarters; place in a large bowl.

  3. While potatoes are cooling, return reserved water to a boil. Add green beans; cook until crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain well; transfer to bowl with potatoes. Add pesto, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper; serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

This dish can be prepared up to a day in advance. After cooking the potatoes, cool them in a bowl of ice water; drain and dry well. Refrigerate beans, potatoes, and pesto in separate containers. Just before serving, quarter potatoes, and toss with beans and pesto.

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  • alexandrakloepfer
    4 MAR, 2008
    I loved this recipe. It was so easy to make and it takes great. I used frozen French beans which made it even faster.