Pesto Potato Salad with Asparagus

Pesto Potato Salad with Asparagus

Alright, I’m back! Last week was super slow on the blog while I focused on other things, but let’s do this…

Pesto Potato Salad with Asparagus

I love pesto, but traditional recipes all contain cheese. I was curious to see how it’d taste if I just nixed the parmesan, and was pumped to discover it tastes pretty much the same. This potato salad is super easy to make, and I whipped some up for lunch last week and snacked on the leftovers the next couple days.

Pesto Potato Salad with Asparagus

Pesto Potato Salad with Asparagus

Yield: 4.5 cups

Serving Size: 1.5 cups

Pesto Potato Salad with Asparagus

A lightened up pesto potato salad that's dairy-free.


  • Potatoes, scrubbed with skins on (I used a 28oz potato medley bag from Trader Joe’s)
  • Handful of asparagus
  • Dairy-free pesto:
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp sea salt


  1. Coarsely chop potatoes and asparagus.
  2. Place potatoes in a pot of water and boil until soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. After 5-6 minutes, add the asparagus to the pot to boil with the potatoes for the last few minutes.
  4. While those cook, lightly roast the pine nuts with a bit of olive oil and one of the garlic cloves (minced) on a skillet over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes.
  5. Place basil, pine nuts, lemon juice, garlic and salt in a food processor and begin to blend.
  6. Slowly add in the oil as you process.
  7. When fully combined, pour over cooked and drained potatoes and asparagus. Toss until coated.

Pesto Potato Salad with Asparagus

I enjoyed my pesto potato salad with a glass of the Chardonnay that Laforet graciously sent me. Today is actually the last day to enter their #SummerOfLaforet Instagram contest, in which you can win—wait for it, wait for it—$5,000. Check out the details here.


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  1. I love potatoes– I’m going to have to try this for dinner tonight!

  2. Asparagus is glorious. Pesto is glorious. Together they sound even better!

  3. Pesto is probably my favourite thing in the whole world… I love parmesan too, so I’ve never even thought about trying it without! I made a big batch and froze it about a month ago

    Hilary x

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