Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

Asparagus Spinach Pesto Dressed Potato Salad

Asparagus Spinach Pesto Dressed Potato Salad

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Salad
Servings 6
Calories 241 kcal


  • 1/2 lb Wisconsin small red potatoes
  • 1/2 lb Wisconsin small blue potatoes
  • 1 lb fresh asparagus dry ends snapped off
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 4 cups fresh spinach rinsed
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup Italian Cheese blend shredded
  • garnish fresh ground pepper and chopped parsley


  • Scrub potatoes and cut into bite sized dice.
  • Place in medium saucepan, add enough water to cover, then place on medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil, then cover and cook until fork tender.
  • While potatoes cook, cut off tips of asparagus spears and set aside. Finely chop remaining stems.
  • When potatoes are done, remove cover and add asparagus tips to saucepan. Cook one minute, then remove from stove, drain and set aside to cool.
  • To make pesto, in nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, cook one minute or until just golden, then scrape into food processor bowl.
  • Return skillet to stove and add onion and reserved chopped asparagus stems.
  • Saute for 4-5 minutes until softened, then add to food processor along with spinach, parsley, walnuts, salt, vinegar. Pulse until finely ground, adding enough water to make a pesto like texture, scraping mixture down as needed.
  • To serve, toss together cooked potatoes and asparagus spears with the pesto mixture until just combined.
  • Fold in cheese blend and garnish with plenty of freshly ground pepper and additional chopped parsley.
  • Serve while warm or room temperature.


Calories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 6gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 214mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 215IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg
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