Warm Potato, Roasted Beet, and Roma Tomato Salad, with Herb Pesto


  • 8 each Idaho® yellow fingerling potatoes, blanched until tender
  • 4 each baby red beets, tops removed
  • 4 each baby golden beets, tops removed
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 each roma tomatoes, cored, split lengthwise
  • 1 each red onion, sliced into 4 slices, grilled
  • 2 ounces baby greens
  • To taste, salt and pepper


  • 1/2 each lemon, seeded, roasted slowly at 300°, tender, cooled
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • To taste, salt and pepper

Herb Pesto

  • 1/2 cup Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1 /4 cup green onion, sliced
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • To taste, salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Toss each vegetable separately in olive oil to coat, season with salt and pepper, place on baking sheets and do in order:
  3. Beets: Cook approx. 20 minutes, until tender, peel after cooling slightly, cut in half, reserve warm. Keep separate so as to not stain the other food ingredients till final assembly.
  1. Cook approx. 15 minutes, cut in half lengthwise, reserve warm.
  1. Cook about 10 minutes, reserve warm.
Red Onion:
  1. Cook 10 minutes, reserve warm.
  1. Place lemon in blender and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add mustard and puree until smooth.
  3. Add the olive oil slowly; adjust consistency if needed with water.
  4. Reserve.
  1. Combine the herbs in a blender with green onion, add salt and pepper, puree with the oil until smooth.
Final Prep:
  1. Toss each vegetable lightly with the dressing, arrange on 4 large plates, using half of the plate for a chilled Potato Salad (recipe not included) and then on the other half arrange the following: 2 pieces of each beet, slice of red onion, 2 pieces of the potatoes, 1 each of tomato.
  2. Place the Baby Greens in the center of the plate and top with a 4 oz. grilled chicken breast, top the breast with the herb pesto and serve.
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Yield: 4 servings

Todd Downs
Bon Appetit Management
Ft. Wayne, IN

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