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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    70 thoughts on “Marinated Pesto Potato Salad

    1. 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!!

    2. Ha, this is like potato curry without the curry and instead with pesto! 🙂

    3. I was always a fan of leftover Chinese food. Tastes so good the next day, especially cold. In fact, I like most foods that are first prepared hot to be eaten cold hours later or the next day.

    4. 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!

    5. 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!

      1. YES- you need to try my overnight oats variation without yogurt- save your yogurt to dip figs in it lololol

        ….no sane person has leftover roasted veggies. Who are you?

    6. 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.

    7. 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 😀 .

    8. 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!

    9. 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!

    10. 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!

    11. 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,

      1. I never understood the American obsession with ranch dressing (or how in Oswego, people got tubs of ranch or marinara with their pizza). Here, it’s barely eaten- along with honey mustard- we are missing out!

    12. 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).

      1. Niki (great name btw- my sister thought she was the sole ‘Niki’ haha) that salad sounds delicious- I need larger tupperware to do that!

        We have a similar mindset haha!

    13. 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!

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