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perfect Spring Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

Perfect Spring Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

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(* indicates my preferred ingredients – see notes for alternatives)


2 cups Butter Lettuce

1 bunch asparagus, tender sections only

½ cup frozen peas

1 cup sugar snap peas

2 radishes, thinly sliced

½ cup goat cheese crumbles

1 avocado, pitted and diced

Sprinkle of lemon juice and lemon zest from one lemon

½ cup roasted chickpeas (see Chef Note)

¼ cup toasted and chopped pistachio nuts

Sprigs of fresh basil and mint (or chives and tarragon)

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

½ cup O&V Pesto Vinaigrette *





Roughly chop the pistachios and place in a small dry saucepan over a medium heat. Stir occasionally until aromatic and slightly toasted. Set aside to cool.


Dice the avocado and sprinkle with lemon juice.


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Blanch the asparagus, peas and sugar snap peas for about 1 minute in the boiling water and then plunge into a bowl of iced water for 1 minute. Drain, pat dry, and chop into bite size pieces.


Toss the asparagus, peas and sugar snap peas with 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.


Arrange the butter lettuce on a platter, place the asparagus and pea mixture over and arrange the radishes, avocado, goat cheese crumbles, roasted chickpeas, toasted pistachios. Sprinkle with herbs and lemon zest.


Drizzle with remaining pesto vinaigrette and top with freshly ground pepper. Serve



Serves 4

Active time 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes


Chef Note

Roasting chickpeas




* The Pesto Vinaigrette  adds a springy flavor to this salad. You can make your own pesto and combine with additional Unflavored EVOO or mix equal parts of Basil EVOO, Marc de Champagne vinegar, some minced basil, salt and pepper to create a vinaigrette for this salad.



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Categories: Soups & Salads, Gluten Free, Dairy Free option, Spring Salad, Pesto Vinaigrette, Pistachios, Chickpeas, Sides, Spring Lunch, Summer Entertaining

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