Warm Potato Salad with Asparagus, Broad Beans and Hazelnut Mint Pesto

28 Apr

This is a great alternative to all those rich mayonnaise based potato salads. It is spring on a plate. Fresh, seasonal, delicious and completely guilt free. I served it warm as a side dish with dinner and then cold for lunch the next day. Both ways were lovely. It would be great for a barbecue or buffet too.

I bought some beautiful baby new potatoes from the market along with fresh asparagus & broad beans. This formed the base of my salad now I just needed  a dressing. My mint plant on the roof terrace is growing like mad with all the rain so I had to use it. A basil pesto would work really well too but I think the mint with the new potatoes is heavenly. The hazelnuts add a slight sweetness which rounds off the flavours and brings it all together.

Warm Potato Salad with Asparagus, Broad Beans & Hazelnut Mint Pesto

serves 2 -3 as a side dish, vegan, gluten-free

  • 300 gr baby new potatoes, cut into 1/2 cm slices
  • 1 bundle fresh asparagus, woody ends snapped off and cut in half or thirds
  • 200 gr broad beans
  • 50 gr toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped plus extra for garnish
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh mint (keep mint stalks) plus leaves for garnish
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 finely chopped small spring onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • a grinding of black pepper

Put the potatoes and mint stalks in a large pan of cold, salted water, bring to the boil & cook until just tender. Add the asparagus & broad beans to the potatoes and cook for another 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and remove the mint stalks.

Meanwhile make the pesto. Process the hazelnuts, mint, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt & pepper to a paste. Taste and add more salt if necessary. If you need to add more liquid use olive oil, lemon juice or a bit of veg stock.

If you like you can peel the broad beans at this point if the skins are tough and you want a brighter green colour. Tip the potatoes, beans, asparagus and spring onions into a bowl, pour over the pesto and mix everything together well. Check seasoning again.

Serve straight away sprinkled with some chopped hazelnuts and mint leaves or store, covered in the fridge until about 10 minutes before you want to serve it. Let it come to room temperature then garnish as above.

This is a really elegant, flavourful side dish that can be adapted to what is in season or what you have in the fridge. Green beans would be nice if you don’t have asparagus and try swapping the mint/hazelnut for parsley/almond pesto.

It has just occurred to me that this is the perfect dish to take to a Royal Wedding party tomorrow. Everyone seems to be watching it on TV at someone’s house and taking something for the buffet. I must be the only person who won’t be watching it. It’s The Washer Up’s only day off so we are going out and getting our hair cut instead…. It’s not like I won’t see the dress or anything. I’m sure there’ll be nothing else on the TV for days……..

Good Luck Kate, you’re going to need it!!

9 Responses to “Warm Potato Salad with Asparagus, Broad Beans and Hazelnut Mint Pesto”

  1. Caroline April 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    So colorful! I love that there’s no mayonnaise. Looks delicious and healthy.🙂

  2. Rita April 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    It’s simply perfect! I love salads with beans (I served one as appetizer for the Easter lunch). I particularly like the idea of the hazelnut-mint pesto. I absolutely want to try it! My mint is in full bloom, too, and so exuberant! A wonderful way to season a salad without using mayonnaise.

  3. Jill@MadAboutMacarons April 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    You know, it’s a while since I’ve had a warm potato salad and mixed with the mint, asparagus…. oooh. You’ve got me in the palm of your hand! Looks sensationally spring. Couldn’t agree more about Kate. Don’t envy her. I do envy you getting your hair done, though, and just seeing the images again on TV later. Sounds a very good plan…

  4. happywhennothungry April 29, 2011 at 3:32 am #

    This looks beautiful! I love how fresh and healthy are your dishes are. I won’t be watching the Royal Wedding b/c I’ll be at work, but this would definitely be the perfect dish for a party!

  5. tony ward April 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    watched the wedding(no suprise there!!) didn’t make the salad but will for the braii this coming weekend.
    Looks and sounds great,love the minty thing going on.

    (p.s. the dress would’ve looked better on you dahling xx)

  6. Suzy Eats May 1, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    fresh mint is amazing. what a great way to add flavor😉

  7. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom May 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    It’s such a pretty salad and fun to have warm potato salad instead of cold. The mint plant that grows next to my house is always a great sign of spring.

  8. Clarkie @ Beloved Green May 2, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    Pesto and mint together, now that just sounds amazing.

  9. Dani May 4, 2011 at 3:30 am #

    Mmm, mint pesto with asparagus. Happily, our local farm just announced they’re finally cutting asparagus. So perhaps I’ll put this on the menu of the lovely Mother’s Day dinner I’m making myself this weekend.🙂

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