Hot roasted potatoes are tossed with a vibrantly, flavorful cilantro pesto creating a healthy dish for any cookout or BBQ that is low calorie and low fat.
Sometimes you start making one thing and end up making something else. That is what happened with this Roasted Potato Salad with Cilantro Pesto recipe. It all started because I wanted to make an Indian cilantro chutney that we usually buy in a bottle. I wanted it fresh and chunky without cooking it. The flavor was absolutely awesome. It tasted exactly like I wanted it to. We started adding it to all kinds of things, slathering it on fish then grilling, smeared on a piece of toast and then I thought about potatoes. I first tried it on potatoes I had boiled. It was good but wasn’t what I wanted. I put the recipe aside until I thought about roasting the potatoes. Oh yes, that was the perfect way to use the chutney. Now the problem was it reminded me more of a pesto in texture than a chutney. So, I changed the name from Cilantro Chutney to Cilantro Pesto.
Let me just tell you, this dish is worth making just so you can smell the unbelievably delicious aroma when you stir the cilantro pesto into the warm roasted potatoes. It will make you swoon. As soon as the fresh herbs hit the warm, crispy roasted potatoes, it is like fireworks of flavor exploding all around you. You just want to keep smelling and smelling it. It tastes every bit as good as it smells. I just love the crunch from the roasted potatoes mixed with the fresh herb flavor. Since there is no mayo, it is a fabulous dish to bring to a potluck or BBQ. You can serve it warm or at room temperature.
Try the cilantro pesto for yourself. It is so quick and easy and has so many applications. It was fabulous on grilled fish. You know you will be seeing a recipe for that in the future. I haven’t decided on the perfect fish to use yet. The first fish we used did not hold up as well as I would have liked on the grill. This summer we will be trying it again. Maybe we will even be able to use the cilantro from our herb garden. We don’t have the best luck growing cilantro but you never know. Try this herbaceous recipe yourself!
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