I love a potato salad without mayonnaise and my Dill Pesto is the perfect alternative. It has amazing flavors of dill goodness, with the addition of roasted red bell peppers, the crunch of the orange bell peppers and red onion. It makes a great side dish for summer or winter as it is as good cold or hot.
After I made the dill pesto, I thought how perfect would it be for a potato salad and boy oh boy did it turn out delectable!
Recipe – 5 – 7 Servings
- 1 Recipe Dill Pesto
- 5 Large or 2 1/2 pounds Red Potatoes – cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 Large Red Bell Pepper – roasted – diced
- 1 Small Orange Bell Pepper – diced
- 1/2 Red Onion – diced
- 1 Tablespoon Champagne Vinegar
- 1 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste (don’t add too much)
- 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
Make the dill pesto. (You can make it the night before if you prefer)
In a large pot, bring water to a boil for the potatoes. while you’re waiting for the water to boil, cut the potatoes into small 1/2 inch bite-size chunks. When the water is boiling drop in the potatoes and boil for about 10 – 12 minutes or until you can pierce with a fork. (Make sure and check on them, you don’t want mushy potatoes.)
Strain the potatoes and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
Roast the red bell pepper, remove the stem and seeds and dice into small pieces.
Dice the orange bell pepper and red onion into small piece.
In a bowl combine the pesto, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix, then add the bell peppers, and onion and mix well.
Lastly, carefully stir in the potatoes.
Red Potatoes are a good source of essential iron, which supports red blood cell function bringing oxygen to your tissues. They are a good source of vitamin C and have significant amounts of copper and zinc. The copper keeps your nervous system healthy and boosts the immune system also helping your body absorb iron.
Dill has monoterpene which helps to protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals, it has a positive effect on lowering blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, it also contains vitamins and dietary fibers which further help bring down the levels of bad cholesterol. It helps to promote menstrual flow and is also beneficial for intestinal spasms, gas and indigestion. Dill is a very good source of calcium, which is important for reducing bone loss. It also contains four flavonoids, one being quercetin, which helps prevents inflammation. It is a good source of manganese, iron and magnesium.
Red Bell Peppers are matured green bell peppers and have more nutrition as they mature. They are super high in vitamin A which helps to support healthy eyesight, especially night vision and are extremely high in vitamin C, so much so they have twice as much as an orange which makes it really good for the skin. Red peppers are one of the highest veggies in lycopene, and have been successfully tested in the prevention of many cancers. They have a good source of the antioxidant mineral manganese and B-complex and vitamin E. They help reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol, helps controls diabetes and helps reduce pain. They are also a good source of fiber, folate, vitamin K, molybdenum and manganese.