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Simple salad with lemony pesto dressing

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Our simple salad with lemony pesto dressing is super easy, healthy and tastes delicious with pasta dishes, roast chicken or grilled fish. 

Now spring has really sprung my cooking tends to be a little lighter and warm vegetable side dishes are switched out for big salad platters. 

a platter of salad with cos, cucumber, red peppers, baby plum tomatoes, black olives and mini mozzarella balls dressed wit lemony pesto dressing. Text overlay saying "simple salad with lemony pesto dressing"

simple salad ingredients

  • 1 cos lettuce – roughly shredded
  • 1/2 cucumber – sliced into half moons
  • 300g baby plum tomatoes – halved
  • 1 red pepper – sliced
  • handful of black olives 
  • 150g of mini mozzarella balls
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1-2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 heaped tsp basil pesto
  • sea salt to taste

how to make simple salad

  • Arrange the salad – on a large plate or platter and scatter over the mini mozzarella balls
  • Mix up the dressing – by adding the lemon juice, olive oil, pesto and a pinch of sea salt to a small bowl and mix well – add more or less olive oil as you wish.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving.

How to serve your simple salad 

  • Delicious alongside any pasta dish.
  • Take as part of a packed lunch – make it more of a meal by adding puy lentils or beans.

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Yield: Serves 4 - 6 as a side salad

Simple salad with lemony pesto dressing

Delicious fresh Italian style sunshine salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cos lettuce - roughly shredded
  • 1/2 cucumber - sliced into half moons
  • 300g baby plum tomatoes - halved
  • 1 red pepper - sliced
  • handful of black olives 
  • 150g of mini mozzarella balls
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1-2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 heaped tsp basil pesto
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Arrange the salad on a large plate or platter and scatter over the mini mozzarella balls
  2. Mix up the dressing by adding the lemon juice, olive oil, pesto and a pinch of sea salt to a small bowl and mix well - add more or less olive oil as you wish.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 427mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 8g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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