Roasted Potato Pesto Salad with Spicy Chipotle Chickpeas

Roasted potato pesto salad with spicy chipotle chickpeas. A delicious and comforting vegan salad that’s packed with flavor!

roasted potato salad on a plate

This recipe was originally shared in 2018 and it just got a makeover!

If you’re looking for a delicious, satisfying and not at all boring salad, this is it. This salad is packed with flavor from a simple vegan pesto, spicy chipotle chickpeas and delicious salted roasted potatoes. The potatoes and chickpeas make it hearty and satisfying. It’s a great salad to serve as a main or side dish.

potatoes, basil, chickpeas and sunflower seeds
Potatoes, basil, chickpeas and sunflower seeds
potatoes on a baking sheet
chopped potatoes on a baking sheet
roasted potatoes in a bowl with pesto
How to Make a Roasted Potato Pesto Salad:

Start by preparing the potatoes and chickpeas. Spread them on a large baking sheet (or two medium baking sheets). Make sure not to overcrowd the baking sheet to ensure that the potatoes and chickpeas both get lightly crispy. Drizzle with oil and add a pinch of salt. Sprinkle the smoked paprika and chipotle on the chickpeas and toss to cover.

Roast the potatoes and chickpeas for 30-40 minutes or until golden and crispy on the outside.

Meanwhile, make the pesto by adding all the ingredients to a food processor. Toss the roasted potatoes with the prepared pesto. Serve with your favorite leafy greens and top with chickpeas and nutritional yeast (for a bit of a cheesy taste and a protein and vitamin B12 boost). Enjoy!

Notes on Substitutions:
  • This pesto is nut-free thanks to sunflower seeds, but feel free to use any other seeds or nuts. Toasted sliced almonds or pepitas are delicious options.
  • For extra flavor, you can replace the spinach in the pesto for additional basil.
  • Not a fan of spice? This recipe is not overly spicy, but feel free to skip the chipotle to make smokey paprika chickpeas. You can also keep it simple with just a pinch of salt.
  • Alternatively, you can make this recipe spicier by adding more chipotle or even a pinch of cayenne.

This is a great recipe to serve at a barbecue, to whip up for a quick weeknight or weekend meal or to serve at a potluck with friends. It can be eaten cold or warm, though it is best when fresh and warm.

This roasted potato pesto salad has been one of my favorites for years and I hope you’ll love it too! Trust me, you need this salad in your life.

roasted potato salad with chickpeas on a plate
roasted potato salad with chickpeas
hands holding plate of roasted potato salad with chickpeas

Watch How to Make the Recipe:

Looking for more cozy vegan salads? Check out my winter salad with crispy tofu and rice, vegan Caesar salad with chickpea croutons or roasted potato and chickpea salad.

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Roasted Potato Pesto Salad with Spicy Chipotle Chickpeas

Roasted potato pesto salad with spicy chipotle chickpeas. A delicious and comforting vegan salad that's packed with flavor! Serve it warm or cold.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 as an entree

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs (680g) baby potatoes, halved (about 4-5 cups)
  • 1 can (19oz/540ml) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fine grain sea salt to taste
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach or leafy greens of choice
  • Nutritional yeast, for topping
  • Squeeze of lemon juice, optional

Pesto

  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds or pepitas
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, packed
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach, packed (or more basil)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spread the sunflower seeds or pepitas on a baking sheet. Toast for 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  • Remove from the oven and increase the temperature to 400°F.
  • Add your potatoes and chickpeas on a baking sheet (two separate sheets if needed, make sure not to overcrowd them). Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle the chickpeas with chipotle and paprika and rub to coat evenly. Sprinkle with salt. Roast for 30-40 minutes at 400°F or until lightly golden and crispy.
  • Meanwhile, make the pesto: In a small food processor or blender, process all of the pesto ingredients, including the roasted sunflower seeds or pepitas, for 30 seconds or until it reaches your desired consistency. 
  • Assemble the salad: In a large bowl add the roasted potatoes and pesto. Stir to coat the potatoes evenly. Serve with your leafy greens of choice and top with spicy roasted chickpeas and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast.

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Notes

For a little spice, start with 1/2 teaspoon of chipotle. For extra spice, use 1 teaspoon or add a pinch of cayenne. You can also omit the spices completely for simple salted chickpeas.
You can make the pesto 2-3 days in advance if desired to make it easier the day of. Alternatively, you could use store-bought pesto.
You can replace the sunflower seeds or pepitas with nuts if desired. Sliced toasted almonds are a great option!
If you can’t find baby (mini) potatoes, you can use 4-5 medium yellow or red potatoes.

If you make this roasted potato pesto salad, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And of course, if you try this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!

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