Italian Basil Potato Salad Recipe
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Italian Basil Potato Salad

For the dressing:

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)

4 to 6 large cloves garlic, peeled

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1/2 to 1 teaspoon coarse salt (or to taste)

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the salad:

2 1/2 to 3 pounds Idaho potatoes (5 large or 8 to 9 medium)

1 small bulb fennel, cored, thinly sliced and chopped (about 1 cup)

1/2 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (2 ounces)

1/2 cup sliced black olives

Pine nuts or chopped walnuts for garnish (optional)

In a food processor, combine the first six ingredients (basil through black pepper); pulse to a fine chop. With the processor on, drizzle in the olive oil to make a creamy, bright-green sauce. (Alternatively, combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.) Set dressing aside.

Over high heat, bring a large pot of water (salted with 1 tablespoon coarse salt, if desired) to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, cut the potatoes into1/2-inch cubes (do not peel potatoes). Drop potatoes into the boiling water and cook, loosely covered, for 6 minutes, until a knife can pierce the potato easily, but cubes are still firm. Drain potatoes and place them back in the pot.

Using a wooden spoon, gently stir in the basil dressing. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, olives and chopped fennel.

Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with pine nuts or chopped walnuts, if desired. For a nice presentation, serve the salad in "cups" made from radicchio leaves.

Makes 16 1/2-cup servings (about 8 cups of salad).

Nutrition information per serving: about 235 cal., 4 mg chol., 237 mg sodium, 4.5 g pro., 16 g fat, 21 g carbo.

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