Marinated Pesto Potato Salad

This delicious marinated Pesto Potato Salad may look sinful but it is so healthy and lighter than traditional potato salads! Perfect for grilling, picnics or the Summer sides, it’s vegan, gluten free and dairy free! 

Healthy Marinated Pesto Potato Salad- This delicious marinated Pesto Potato Salad may look sinful but it is so healthy and lighter than traditional potato salads! Perfect for grilling, picnics or the Summer sides, it's vegan, gluten free and dairy free!  @thebigmansworld -

I hate doing things in a rush, yet am most definitely guilty of it.

One thing I’ve learnt to appreciate- prepping food in advance, especially with the intention of serving guests. However, there is one fine caveat when it comes to that- It has to be foods which taste just as good as if it were made fresh. 


Baked eggs, omelettes and toast? Fresh.

Summer fresh salad? Fresh.

Smoothie? Fresh.

Ice cream sundae? Fresh…..but only because I’d eat it before prepping it.

Some things however, taste even better after prepping it the night before. Curry, copycat Chipotle beef barbacoa and (in my opinion), oatmeal puddings like the Cake Batter or Cinnamon Bun are just a few winners.

Another one I’ve found to be amazing left overnight-  potato salad. I always prep a protein to bring to work with me and always need a side with it- I’ve usually gone with toast and butter (lol) eaten with a burger or a can of tuna because I’m lazy. Saying that, things have gotten redundant and I needed a change- something which could be made in advance and keep for a good amount of time.


This pesto potato salad tastes amazing and super simple to prep- the best part is that it tastes better the longer it sits in the fridge. Case in point- My Friday salad tastes better than my Monday salad.


But let’s be real here- it’s got potatoes, it’s got pesto- it’s going to be epic regardless.

Marinated Pesto Potato Salad

A delicious, overnight potato salad recipe which tastes better the longer it sits!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1 kg potatoes quartered
  • 2 T fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup corn
  • 1 stalk celery diced finely
  • 1 green bell pepper diced finely
  • 1/2 cup vegan friendly pesto I used this recipe
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt I used so delicious dairy free plain
  • 1 T lemon juice


  • Add a large pot with water and 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to the boil. Add the potatoes and cook until tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • Once cooled completely, add the basil, celery, corn bell pepper and lemon juice and mix until fully incorporated. Stir through the pesto and Greek yogurt until all potatoes are evenly coated.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.


You can microwave the potatoes instead of boiling them, but they tend to dry out more. Potato salad can be kept refrigerated for up to 1 week.
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What foods do you find taste better ‘the day after’?

What is you’re ‘office lunch’? 

Can you eat the same foods over and over again? 


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70 thoughts on “Marinated Pesto Potato Salad

  1. Oooh this gives regular ol’ potato salad a run for it’s money… I can definitely believe its taste enhances as it sits. I don’t do office lunches – not with my house being next door. I do love consuming the same foods over again however; for awhile at least, because often I find myself liking a particular meal so much – once is simply not enough 😀 .

  2. I love pesto potatoes – anything pesto is seriously good to be fair!
    Things that taste better the next day are all stews, curries and chillis – fact. Especially cold!
    I can definitely eat the same foods over and over – easily pleased 😉
    And for office lunch… Either leftovers or a big ass salad!

  3. YUM- this is reminding me of an amazing pesto gnocchi I had a few years ago! Love how easy and recyclable this recipe is- definitely going to make a big batch to use during the week..I’m all for repeat meals! I bet this would taste especially delicious with some bbq chicken. Along with potato salads, anything tomato-based seems to taste fantastic the next day e.g. pizza, pasta, soup, marinara sauce!

  4. Never found a leftover that hasn’t tasted better the next day! Haha!

    I think the perfect office lunch is soup – easy to heat up, full of goodies and something you have to eat slowly as it’s hot – I used to be so bad for trying to eat my lunch too fast to get back to work!

  5. With most “starchy” salads it’s like that : they taste better and better the longer they sit. Pasta, couscous, quinoa, rice….because the dressing is absorbed more and more.
    I mostly take a portion of protein with raw veggies got lunch to uni. Because I’m lazy! Sometimes it’s leftovers cooked veggies but raw for the most part. It’s like a veggie salad like that 😀
    I don’t think I could eat the same 5 days in a row ,after 3 days at the most I’d had enough of it!
    I like the celery and green bell pepper in this recipe!!

  6. I’ve always associated potato salad with mayo. If there is anything I don’t care besides ranch, it’s mayo. This actually looks really good and it’s a potato salad I would try,

  7. I love pesto, and I love potatoes, so I’m guessing I’d love this! I think most homemade soups taste better the next day.

    I’ve been a really big slacker with my office lunches lately and I’ve eaten out way more than I should!

  8. I am obsessed with pesto – I put it on literally everything! I was even tempted to mix leftover pesto with balsamic just to see what it would taste like, but I didn’t. You have to draw the line somewhere, right?!

  9. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever actually made a homemade potato salad…huh. Probably because I grew up on the super mayo-y ones, which aren’t awesome. Currently not in an office, but anytime that I have been either leftovers or a big salad did the trick for lunch.

  10. I love the idea of pesto as the base instead of mayo! I definitely eat the same things over and over. I’ll eat the same breakfast or lunch every day for months before I get sick of it (then I won’t eat it for a looooong time) and John and I constantly repeat dinners week to week. I’m sure this will only get worse when work starts because I won’t have as much time at home.

  11. This isn’t Paleo so I can’t eat it.


    Can you imagine if I was like that. I’ve been making potato salad with Vegnaise lately. Have you ever tried that stuff? It’s pretty good & I don’t even like mayo.

  12. So, as you know, I’m not he biggest fan of potatoes; however, I would totally go for this because it has pesto in it, and I LOVE pesto! I have a pot of fresh basil right outside my door, so it’s something we make often in our house. And I think any type of cold salad tastes better the next day – like quinoa salad, pasta salad and coleslaw. I always try to make those things the day before because then all the flavors really come together if it sits for a bit.

  13. 1. Noodles! (ps i miss noodles) 2. it used to be a sandwich, now its a salad. 3.YES! when i find a new food i love i can eat it over and over again – sometimes never getting sick of it. This looks sooo good. i miss potatoes. this primal thing is hard.

  14. YOU and YOUR POTATOES NEED to get a room. I am officially jealous because uh, I thought we established that YOU + ME are dating. But now I see this and I can certainly TELL you’re cheating on me.

      1. LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s so funny you should bring up me being “classy”!!! AH HA HA!!! I had a convo about this yesterday with someone who thinks I am just as “classy” as you think I am! lol

  15. Mm Chinese take out haha. And Annie’s Mac and cheese. They always taste better to me after a night in the fridge 😉 love the idea of putting pesto on potato salad…definitely unique and a nice twist instead of mayo! I have no problem eating the same things over and over, either. I know what I like and I’m ok keeping things easy and simple!

  16. oh my … potatoes and pesto … I like it!

    I love potato salad and macaroni salads more the next day … and the same with soups and chilis too!

  17. Leftover pad thai for breakfast yesterday was awesome…just saying. Let me take your pictures for youuuuu. The recipe sounds amazing but it looks like green diarrhea…I mean this in the most affectionate way possible. Love me still.

  18. I’m a big fan of leftovers. Chili and soup almost always taste better the next day.
    When I was teaching my packed lunch was usually a tupperware of homemade vegetable soup (I’d make a big batch on the weekend so luck prep was minimized) and a salad with some sort of protein and hummus.
    It takes a lot for me to tire of the foods I really like. Recently though, I have been a wee bit more adventurous and I am enjoying the variety.

  19. Ooh, yummy! First of all, love that there is no mayo in this recipe. That’s usually what turns me off of potato salads. And I have been really into overnight foods lately… ever since I realized that my oats were ten times more flavorful after being left overnight. The problem is, that actually requires being prepared… whoops. 😉 And I LOVE pesto, so big win on this.

  20. As we speak I’m sitting here eating a bowl of cold leftover pasta salad that’s been sitting in the fridge for a few days — the BEST way to eat things, if you ask me. And you know I can eat the same things over and over and over again and never get sick of them… Until I do and don’t want to look at them for a few years 😆

    1. Seriously, I think the two of us have a huge appreciation of all things cold..and that’s the way I like it.

      Niki is coming this weekend and we’re getting Thai takeaway Saturday night…and I don’t plan on eating it until Sunday.

  21. I basically eat the same things over and over. My office lunch is typically a salad (right now Davida’s breakfast salad with salmon instead of eggs). Shish kabobs are always better the next day, soups and chilis, pasta salads, meatballs… so many things!

  22. Chicken always tastes good the day after… cold, warm, mixed, pulled, really any style

    I love making ‘everything salads’ aka mixing greens, nuts, some fruit, some starch, and CHICKEN, and topping it off with some guac! colorful and delicious

    I always say I can eat the same foods again and again but then after I repeat something I will get extremely sick of it and vow to never eat it again. And never eat it again always turns into three days later (MAX).

  23. Anything with tomato sauce usually tastes good the second day. I think it’s because the sauce is able to soak into whatever it was cooked with. My “office lunch” (lol I make sandwiches all day) is dependent on level of stress. If I just want to escape the area, I make an avocado wrap. If I have more time, I usually get more creative with the different options we have available in the salad bar. One food I could eat over and over again in some variation is garbanzo beans or peanut butter (sometimes I eat them together…)

  24. Looove potato salad! Especially the kind with mayo. I tried a version made healthier with Greek yogurt once and it just wasn’t the same. This version of potato salad looks awesome too!

    I think cold noodle dishes and grain salads taste better the next day when the ingredients have had more time to marinate in the dressing.

  25. Geebus. I just realized I haven’t had a potato salad in a good 7 years…what the hell? Now that I am living the lifestyles of the frozen section and potatoes by the lb life~ you’ve given me a reason to get crafty and make some from scratch my friend. To be continued…

    I eat the same thing on repeat a lot these days. Mostly to stay within budget and not waste food. But also because eggs, toast, cheese, and jelly are damn good together. Can I get an amen?!

  26. I was licking my lips throughout this entire post. Pesto plus potatoes does equal epic. Hallelujah. Preach!

    I like cold pizza the next day, and I actually can’t eat the same thing over and over and over again. I gotta mix it up from time to time which is something cool about the CSA. I’m always getting different stuff so I’m forced into being creative. 🙂

  27. If you let me I would totally eat like the same 3 things on repeat… sadly a girl can’t live on granola, salad, and nachos alone 😉

    This looks like a potato salad I might actually eat, so I’ll be adding this to my never-ending to try list! Pretty much anything with pesto is good in my book, so I assume that extends to potatoes as well.

  28. Def gotta leave potato salad in the fridge for a bit before eating! Your patience is always rewarded. Now I gotta harass my mom into making me some of her ‘tater salad!

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