Red pesto is a fairly new invention. It has the same delicious mixture of basil, olive oil, garlic, pine kernels and Parmesan cheese as traditional pesto but it also includes sun-dried tomatoes. It has a slightly sweeter taste which I have found to be the perfect answer for an easy dressing for potato or other salads.
Wash the potatoes well but do not peel them. Cut in half or in very thick slices, according to size, then steam or boil until tender. Meanwhile, spoon the pesto into a bowl, add the crushed garlic and olive oil and stir together.
When the potatoes are ready, drain them, put them into a large bowl and pour over the pesto dressing. Turn around gently with a wooden spoon to coat the potatoes thoroughly. Leave until cold. Then slice the basil leaves across in thin strips (or chop the dill, if using), mix roughly in with the potatoes and transfer to a serving bowl.
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