How to make it

  • For the pesto vinaigrette:
  • Put the garlic and salt in the mortar and ground to a paste with the pestle.
  • Add basil leaves, a few at a time, pounding and churning in the mortar as you go.
  • When all the basil has been incorporated, add the walnuts, pounding and incorporating with the mixture.
  • Add the cheese and stir with the pestle until blended.
  • Mix in the lemon zest and juice, then add oil, a little at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.
  • You want it to be well blended, but loose enough to pour over the salad like a dressing.
  • Add more olive oil if necessary, and season to taste.
  • For the salad: In a medium saucepan, cover potatoes with cold water by at least 2 inches, and salt the water generously.
  • Bring to a hard simmer over medium heat, and cook until potatoes are tender can be easily pierced with a knife, but still hold their shape, about 20 minutes.
  • Drain and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  • At the same time, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • On a mandoline set to a 3/8-inch thickness, slice the yellow squash and zucchini into rounds.
  • Drop into boiling water and blanch for about 2 minutes, until slightly softened.
  • Lift out with a spider or other handheld strainer, and place into a bowl.
  • Immediately put the green beans into the same boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, then remove with the spider and add to the bowl.
  • Add the red onion to the bowl and set aside.
  • When the potatoes are ready to handle, peel, then slice against the mandoline into 3/8-inch rounds.
  • Be very careful, as the potatoes will break easily.
  • Add to the bowl with the other vegetables very gently.
  • Toss with the pesto vinaigrette, very gently, until well coated. Lightly toss in the tomatoes at the last minute, taste for seasoning, and serve immediately.

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    " It was excellent "
    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    Sounds good enough to eat! ^5
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    great yummy tater salad thans bunches
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    " It was excellent "
    chefmeow ate it and said...
    I love potato salads and I especially like them warm. This one sounds great and has some many fine ingredients. Yummers and a high 5.
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    " It was excellent "
    frodo ate it and said...
    good flavors 5 pts
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