Basil-Pesto Salad

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
15 min 15 min 4
Basil-Pesto Salad
Health Rating
A healthy salad with a delicious, creamy basil pesto dressing.


1/4 cup Basil pesto (BioItalia)
2 anchovy Anchovy (minced)
1/4 cup Chives (chopped)
1 tsp Lemon juice
1 tsp Lemon peel (zest)
2 tbsp Mayonnaise, low fat
1/4 cup Plain yogurt, 1- 2% M.F.
1 dash Salt and pepper (to taste)
2 cucumber(s) Cucumber (sliced)
1 avocado(s) Avocado (cut into wedges)
1 head Radicchio (torn)
1 head Lettuce, romaine (torn)
1 endive(s) Belgian endive (torn)


1. Take 1/4 cup of the basil pesto *see notes, and put it in a bowl with the anchovy, chives, lemon juice, lemon zest, mayonnaise, plain yogurt, salt and pepper. 

2. Whisk everything together until thoroughly combined and you have a creamy pesto dressing. 

3. Assemble the salad by slicing cucumber, and avocado and layering on a plate with the raddichio, romaine and Belgian endive.

4. Drizzle the salad with the creamy basil pesto dressing, serve and enjoy. Store the dressing in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week. 


Quick Tips:

Pesto: Bioitalia is a great organic pesto option, or buy a basil pesto in your grocery store.

Dairy-free: Alternatively, search for a dairy-free pesto in your local health food store or the health aisle at your local grocery store. For a full-dairy-free version, use coconut or almond milk yogurt instead of full fat-free. 

For a vegan version, swap out the yogurt with non-dairy yogurt, and the mayonnaise with Vegenaise. 

To add some protein, add chicken breast, flank steak, tofu steak, tempeh, edamame or roasted chickpeas. 

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 262
Calories from fat 168
Calories from saturated fat 25.7
Total Fat 18.6 g
Saturated Fat 2.9 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.7 g
Cholesterol 4.9 mg
Sodium 180 mg
Potassium 1234 mg
Total Carbohydrate 21.7 g
Dietary Fiber 9.6 g
Sugars 7.2 g
Protein 6.7 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Vegetables 10.5

Energy sources