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Pesto Pea Salad


  • 2 cups frozen peas

  • 2 tablespoons pignoli (pine nuts), toasted

  • 2.5 cups fresh baby salad

  • 4 tablespoons pesto (see below)

  • Pesto

  • 0.25 cup walnuts

  • 0.25 cup pignoli (pine nuts)

  • 3 tablespoons diced garlic (approx 9 cloves)

  • 5 packed cups fresh basil leaves

  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1.5 cups good olive oil

  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan


  • 1.

    Cook the peas in a pot of boiling salted water for 1 minute. Immediately immerse the peas in a bowl of ice cold water, and drain when fully cooled.

  • 2.

    To assemble, place the spinach leaves in a salad bowl. Sprinkle the peas and pignolis over the spinach. Add the pesto and toss.

  • Pesto:

  • 1.

    Place the walnuts, pignolis, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 30 seconds. Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is finely pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Serve, or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top.


To toast pignolis, place them in a dry saute pan and cook over medium heat for about 4 minutes, until evenly browned, tossing frequently.

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Posted by CO5Report
I'm cook on a boat (decent size and galley), but this sounds like it would work very well for either dinner or lunch. It's also made up of easily found ingredients. Thanks