All the healthy greens, in an insanely delicious pesto dressing topped with a dreamy creamy burrata. Oh yes. Healthy eating made tasty. You get your vitamin fix in while still enjoying all of that creaminess from the burrata cheese. Pure goodness.
I know that many of us are now wanting to become healthier for summer. And also, with the nice and warm temperatures we are craving food for which we do not have to heat up the oven or a pan, that is super quick and rather light. Because who loves standing in the kitchen for ages when the sun outside is so nice?
This salad is the perfect dish for such occasions. Do not be afraid by the word salad. It is not a boring one that won’t fill you up. It is full of so many nutrients, different veggies, cheese and the pesto dressing takes it next level. Nothing with boringness!
What is pesto?
Pesto is a sauce that originates in Italy. It most of the time is used for pasta dishes. Traditionally the pasta to make it with are trofie. Also, they add in some small pieces of potato. Honestly, if you have never tried and are afraid, I can tell you: don’t be. It tastes at least as good as tomato sauce if not better!
What is in pesto?
The ingredient list for pesto is very short. The main ingredient is basil. That gives it the colour and the amazing taste. As important: pine nuts. Not to confuse with peanuts. Oftentimes instead of pine nuts, other nuts are used, to make it cheaper, but the taste just is not the same. At all. Besides basil and pine nuts we need olive oil and parmesan cheese. This is the classic pesto. And this is the best way you can make pesto There are oil-free, and cheese-free versions out there, but if you do tolerate all of the ingredients I would recommend you use them.
Is pesto healthy?
I would say so. It has a little cheese, which is not necessarily the healthiest but all the other ingredients are pretty healthy. Basil is packed with vitamins and nutrients. Pine nuts and olive oil contain a good amount of healthy fats and minerals as well. Just be aware that pesto, because of its rather high fat content is also rather high in calories.
What else is in the salad?
Well, of course, a base: the salad. What works best here, is a mixed salad but you could also long for lambs lettuce, spinach or iceberg salad if you prefer. Besides that, we have a ton of different greens. Cucumber, for freshness, zucchini for crunch, peas, for that spring feeling, avocado, because we ain’t have a salad without avocado, and spring onions for the finishing touch. To add a nice touch to the taste, we are also adding some fresh herbs, mint and basil to be exact.
Does the salad work for meal prep?
A hundred percent, yes! Just make sure to pack everything separately. So salad and veggies in one box, dressing in an extra box, and the burrata in another box. It lasts in the fridge for 2-3 days. When wanting to have it, just mix everything through and enjoy!
I hope you like this recipe and it gives you some inspiration on what to cook this spring on summer!
Ultra Green Pesto Salad with Burrata
A perfect light summer salad, that is everything else than boring. Healthy but tasty and filling!
What you will need
- 6 handful mixed greens
- 2 zucchini
- 1 cucumber
- 150 g peas
- 3 spring onion
- 1/2 handful mint and basil
- 1 avocado
- 1 burrata 1 large one or two small ones
- 4 tbsp sesame seeds optional
For the pesto dressing:
- 1 handful basil
- 30 g parmesan cheese cut into smaller pieces
- 30 g pine nuts
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp olive oil or water (optional to thin out)
- some bread to serve
Peel the zucchini into thin strips (lengthwise) and cut them in half (in width). Cut the cucumber into small slices. Boil the peas in boiling water for about 4 minutes. Cut the spring onions into small rings. Add all of those into a large bowl along with the mixed greens.
In a food processor finely mince the basil and pine nuts. Add the olive oil and the parmesan and a sprinkle of sea salt. Blend until you have reached a smooth consistency. If you prefer your pesto on the thinner side, add another 2 tbsp of water or olive oil and mix again.
Toss the salad and veggies in the dressing and divide onto four bowls. Cut the avocado in quarters. Put the sesame seeds on a plate and dip one side of the cut up avocado quarters onto them. This adds a really nice look to them. Add one quarter to each bowl.
Cut the burrata into 4 and also divide this onto the bowls.
Serve with some fresh bread !
Katie // Une Petite Cuisinière