30 August 2021

Baby Potatoes with Lettuce Pesto

Tender baby potatoes tossed in a herby pesto, with the addition of an unusual ingredient - lettuce. Whether you're growing lettuce, or it's in a bag from the supermarket, it always seems to be one of those ingredients that you have leftover. This is a great way to reduce food waste and make a delicious dish in the process!

It may sound a little strange, but lettuce actually has quite a neutral flavour and high water content, resulting in a creamy pesto sauce that you'd never know contained anything but the usual ingredients. I just love using seasonal produce and this dish really utilises them - thanks to my parents for both the potatoes and the lettuce from their veg garden (and to my mum for the lettuce pesto idea!).

This dish would be a delicious side to a BBQ or picnic alongside this chickpea tuna sandwich, lentil tempeh burgers or this sumac salad.

Click here for printer-friendly version

Baby Potatoes with Lettuce Pesto | Serves: 4 | Time: 20 mins

You'll need

  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Food processor/blender
  • Saucepan
  • Colander


  • 750g baby potatoes
  • 300g lettuce (I used Romaine)
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 50g basil (leaves and stem)
  • 1 tsp salt
To serve:
  • Black pepper
  • Chili flakes
  • Drizzle olive oil
  • Handful basil leaves
  • Almond parm (optional)


  1. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Prep the potatoes, so they are all a similar size, then boil for 5-10 mins until fork tender.
  2. Meanwhile, add all the ingredients to the food processor and blitz to desired consistency. 
  3. Drain the potatoes and allow to steam for 5 minutes, then toss with 1/2 cup of pesto. 
  4. Garnish with black pepper, chili flakes, olive oil, basil leaves and a sprinkle of almond parm and enjoy!
  5. Store the remaining pesto in the fridge for 3-4 days, or freeze in icecube trays and store in the freezer until needed.
Cassidy xx