Langoustino & Potato Salad w/ Green Beans, Pesto & Peas


Ok, that's a long title!

Since I have so much basil in the garden, 3 huge plants, I like to make an abundance of pesto, so I can freeze some for the leaner months.

This is a made up recipe, similar to the trofie pasta w/ pesto, potatoes and green beans that originated in Liguria, Italy.

I used all fresh Jersey produce, the potatoes, green beans and peas, all from my local farmer's market. The only thing that was foreign were the langoustinos (from Chile).

Langoustinos are somewhere in between a shrimp and a crayfish. Very tender and elegant. Trader Joe's sells the tails frozen. They are small and great for cold salads.

Ligurian Style Potato Salad w/ Langoustinos, Green Beans and Peas

1 cup of my homemade pesto (I omit the cheese in the pesto for this recipe)
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
sea salt & pepper

1 lb. green beans
4 large red potatoes
1/2 cup shelled peas (or frozen peas)
12 oz. of baby shrimp or langoustino tails

Make your dressing by combining the pesto w/ the vinegar, salt & pepper in a large bowl.
If it looks too thick, drizzle some olive oil in it until it reaches the desired consistency.

Cook your potatoes in salted boiling water (about 25 minutes). When cool enough to handle, cut into 1" cubes, leaving the red skin on.

To save a pot of water, I cook the green beans in the same pot w/ the potatoes, throwing them in the last 5 minutes of cooking time. You can also cook your peas in that pot too (last 3 minutes!).

Add your cooked potatoes, green beans and peas to the dressing the bowl and mix.

Boil some salted water and cook your shrimp about 2-3 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
Add to the pesto dressing and vegetables and you have a wonderful summer dinner!

Great the next day for lunch, served cold too.



Lagostinos are new to me. This looks really tasty! I haven't used much of my basil yet beyond pinching off a few leaves to help proliferation. I'm excited to make some pesto soon, though! I'll be sure to use some on our beans.
what a wonderful dish! wow, those sweet little langoustino in that lovely salad, is such a perfect meal for this time of year. This is certainly the time to Take advantage of all that glorious fresh produce !
The JR said…
That is something that I would luv to try. Oh how I wish we had a Trader Joe's in our town.
SarahB said…
As soon as I saw langoustinos in the title, I was intrigued! I had fresh ones in Scotland YEARS ago and I will never forget them. One of my top ten meals in my life. Curious about the TJ ones!
Dewi said…
Not your average potato salad, gourmet and delicious.
kat said…
You are certainly rocking the fresh summer dishes this year
Ciao Chow Linda said…
I've got to get to Trader Joe's for those langoustino's. What a perfect salad for this beastly hot weather.
Bluebird NY said…
Great summer salad! Trader Joe's here I come....
I know I live in the sticks but this is the first I have heard of langoustinos! However, this recipe intrigues me and next stop at Trader Joes will pick some up! Thanks.
lisa is cooking said…
I love this mix of ingredients! I was considering making a big batch of pesto so I could stop watering my plants. --Maybe one more week.
Trader Joe's here I come!
Aunt Lollie said…
i can't wait to make this! It looks delicious and healthy. Yummmm.
tasteofbeirut said…
This is a wonderful dish ans a great inspiration as I too have a lot of basil in the garden and a lot of green beans as well!