It’s happening. The humidity and heat are beginning to force this girls nordic blood to pump the a/c. I’ve been eating popsicles as mid-day (all day?) snacks. Low maintenance recipes reign supreme in my kitchen once again.
Since I have finally become the sort of gardener that keeps my plants alive (yay!) I now have swaths of Genovese basil at all times. Does anyone else feel like a kid in a candy shop when walking through a healthy herb garden? So many smells, textures, tastes!
I’ve been planning to make all sorts of potato side salads for the blog this year. But, per usual, the most exciting and delicious version got all of my attention. I’ve made plenty of vegan pestos over the years. Plenty of good ones, lots of just-ok ones. After all of that trial and error, I’ve finally found a definitive, crowd-pleasing vegan pesto potato salad recipe that I love.
We’re in a relationship now. <3
This recipe is simple, as it should be.
The majority of the work here is 1. blend pesto, 2. boil potatoes. Fold together. Done.
I’m a big advocate of using tons of basil. So this pesto is very fresh-basil heavy, and lighter on the oil than a lot of traditional pestos.
And the trick (there’s always a trick) is the addition of dried shiitake mushrooms. Any dried culinary mushroom will do. But for more intensely flavored dried culinary mushrooms (e.g. truffle, porcini) just add a bit at a time, tasting as you go until the flavor is to your liking.
My cheese adoring vegetarian friends absolutely rave about this! To me that’s as good as gold.
Note: If you’re not down with regular potatoes this can very easily be made into a pesto sweet potato salad. Or a pesto cauliflower salad! Personally, I like to roast sweet potato and cauliflower for quite a while until they get caramelized. Go ahead, impress yer friends with yer vegan super power pesto salad skills!