Pesto Gnocchi Salad Recipe

I knew I wanted to do some sort of recipe which includes pesto because I am a big fan of pesto, and I love making it. I was going to do a pesto pasta recipe but decided that would be too simple. I was having a flick through my ‘Larousse Gastronomique Vegetables & Salads’ book (it is an excellent book by the way), and I was drawn to this homemade Gnocchi recipe. The Gnocchi in the recipe was served with a vegetable stock, but I swapped it for my pesto sauce.

This was my first time making Gnocchi, despite this, I think it turned out quite well! I took the Gnocchi recipe from the book and changed it around a little bit (the pesto recipe is my own). This dish makes a lovely lunch, or a nice dinner if you are eating al fresco in the summer.




  • 3 medium potatoes (mine weighed 600g)
  • 100g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 70g finely grated parmesan (my packet size): 50g for Gnocchi, 20g for salad
  • 3 egg yolks


  • ½ bunch basil
  • 50g pine nuts
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 75-100ml extra virgin olive oil

Salad: use whatever salad you like



  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees
  2. Wrap the potatoes in foil and place in the oven. Cook for 90 minutes or until the potatoes are soft
  3. Meanwhile, it is time to make the pesto. Add all the dry ingredients into a chopper (I use a KitchenAid one), along with 50ml of oil and the lemon juice. Blitz on a high speed until everything is well combined. If the pesto is too thick and the remainder of the oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  4. Once the potatoes are out of the oven, allow to cool for a little while
  5. Whilst they are still warm scoop the potato out with a spoon and discard the skin.
  6. Mash the potatoes well, or use a ricer like I did
  7. Put the egg yolks, flour and parmesan in with the flour. I don’t add any salt, I compensate for that in the pesto
  8. Combine and mix well to form a dough: it should be soft but not sticky. If the dough is too sticky knead in more flour
  9. Flour a work surface and turn out the dough. Split the dough into 4 equal sized balls and roll into sausage shapes
  10. Cut each cylinder into 1cm thick pieces: this is your Gnocchi*
  11. Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil. In small batches, add your Gnocchi to the water and boil for 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and continue with the other batches.
  12. Whilst you are waiting for your Gnocchi to boil you can prepare your salads
  13. Once all your Gnocchi is cooked, return to a new pan and pour over the pesto
  14. Heat up over a medium heat to warm up the Gnocchi
  15. Serve and enjoy! Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan and feel free to squirt over some lemon juice

*I did mine far too big, so I cut them in half after cooking (they expand in size)




Pesto Gnocchi Salad Recipe


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60 thoughts on “Pesto Gnocchi Salad Recipe

  1. This looks and sounds delicious!! 😍 Also, I love how you took photos of each step! Do you think it would taste just as nice without the parmesan? (Sadly I can’t have cheese 😥😂) really want to make it! 💗

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    1. Ooh, I found this online as an egg yolk substitute when the yolk is used as a binding ingredient:

      Oil and water – Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, 1 1/2 tablespoons water, and 1 teaspoon baking powder.

      Maybe that would work? Worth a try I reckon 😀

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      1. Yes, that egg substitute should work. The purpose of the egg is just to bind, so that should be fine. As for the cheese, it will have to be a vegan cheese that can be grated finely and can melt 😄

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  2. Ohhhh this recipe sounds lovely! I didn’t know that’s how you make gnocchi, I’ve always just bought it from Tesco! I’ll definitely have to have a go at making my own! My mum always makes home made pesto and uses a very similar recipe to yours!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

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  3. Wow you actually managed to do gnocchi from scratch ? That’s impressive ! I might be too lazy to do the pasta, but i’ll definitely try to make them them with this pesto, my boyfriend loves gnocchis 😊

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  4. Oooh Italian kitchen is just the best! Might be one of the reasons I moved there lol 😀
    And those gnocchi look delicious, I’ll definitely try to make them!
    Also, I’m new in this all blogging thing, so it would really mean much to me if you could check out my blog on

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