Italian Basil Idaho® Potato Salad
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|Makes: 16½-cup servings (about 8 cups of salad)|
|Amount per serving|
|Cholesterol 4 mg|
|Sodium 237 mg|
|Protein 4.5 g|
For the dressing
- 2 cups Packed fresh basil leaves
- ¾ cup Freshly grated parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)
- 4-6 Large cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 Tbsp White wine vinegar
- ½ – 1 tsp Coarse salt (or to taste)
- ½ tsp Freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
- 1 cup Extra virgin olive oil
For the salad
- 2½ – 3 lbs. Idaho potatoes (5 large or 8-9 medium)
- 1 Small bulb fennel, cored, thinly sliced and chopped (about 1 cup)
- ½ cup Finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (2 ounces)
- ½ cup Sliced black olives
- Pine nuts or chopped walnuts for garnish (optional)
- In a food processor, combine the first 6 ingredients (basil through black pepper); pulse to finely chop. With the processor on, drizzle in the olive oil to make a creamy, bright green sauce. (Alternatively, combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.) Set dressing aside.
- Over high heat, bring a large pot of water (salted with 1 tablespoon coarse salt, if desired) to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, cut the potatoes into ½-inch cubes (do not peel potatoes). Drop potatoes into the boiling water and cook, loosely covered, for 6 minutes, until a knife can pierce the potato easily, but cubes are still firm. Drain potatoes and place them back in the pot.
- Using a wooden spoon, gently stir in the basil dressing. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, olives and chopped fennel.
- Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with pine nuts or chopped walnuts, if desired. For a nice presentation, serve the salad in “cups” made from radicchio leaves.