Fresh garden vegetables tossed with basil pesto makes for an easy side dish that’s perfect for a potluck or barbecue. This flavourful salad is a must have for all of your summer gatherings.
Do you have a dish that you usually bring to parties? I’m a salad kind of girl. I try to bring a different salad every time unless I’m specifically asked for a certain recipe repeat.
Originally I brought Garden Salad with Basil Pesto for camping with friends. Olivia is learning to walk, so my hands have to be always free to support / catch her, which is why all the meal prep is done when she is sleeping. I mixed this salad in the afternoon and threw it in the cooler to give the flavours time to marry.
Pesto dressing is the ingredient that makes all the difference in this salad. Make your own pesto from crushed basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil. Or be like me and get a store-bought jar. Either way, it will make your traditional garden vegetable salad taste amazing!
Fresh and colourful my Garden Salad with Basil Pesto has quickly become a real crowd pleaser.
This is definitely one of my new go-to recipes for summer entertaining. Try it and it will be yours too!