Crunchy Lemon-Pesto Garden Salad

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For the pesto dressing
3 tbsp Pesto
1 tbsp Lemon juice
2 tsp Lemon zest grated
1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard
¼ tsp Garlic salt
¼ tsp Black pepper
For the salad
2 ½ cups Summer squash yellow, thinly sliced
1 ¾ cups Cucumbers mini, thinly sliced
¾ cup Fresh peas
½ cup Parmesan cheese shredded
¼ cup Green onion thinly sliced
To serve
5 strips Bacon thick-sliced, cooked and crumbled

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  • For the pesto dressing

  • For the salad

  • To serve

Crunchy Lemon-Pesto Garden Salad


This Crunchy Lemon-Pesto Garden Salad is a real celebration of all your garden’s vegetable patch this summer. The dressing for this salad is a flavor sensation – it will transport you all the way to Italy!

Start by preparing the lemon pesto dressing. Prepare the squash and cucumbers by slicing them thinly. Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour over the dressing and toss well to combine. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over the top to serve.

To make my version of Crunchy Lemon-Pesto Garden Salad, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Crunchy Lemon-Pesto Garden Salad


Prepare dressing


In a small bowl, combine 5 tablespoons of pesto with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of grated lemon zest, 1 ½ teaspoons of Dijon mustard, ¼ teaspoon of garlic salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper.


Assemble salad


In a large serving bowl, combine 2 ½ cups of thinly sliced yellow summer squash, 1 ¾ cups of thinly sliced mini cucumbers, ¾ cup of fresh peas, ½ a cup of shredded Parmesan cheese and ¼ cup of thinly sliced green onions.


Dress salad


Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat.


Top with bacon


Sprinkle over 5 crumbled bacon strips.




Serve alongside grilled chicken or fish.

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Total Reviews: 15
Aryana Gicker

Super zesty but also really delicious and refreshing salad, will make it again.

Ryann Cowen

Never had anything like this before so i'm obsessed already.

Nancy Sheely

Lactose free meals are hard to find nowadays, thank you for making it easy cookme ;)

Nathaly Gurley

Bookmarking this to try out for next time looks good.

Kamilah Dunwell

WOW so refreshing and inlove with it.

Larissa Seyfarth

Needs less spices and less lemony stuff in my opinion its already too sour.

Frida Zaremba

Replaced strips of bacon with some sasauges instead tasted better and was more filling.

Adrienne Lauf

There's a lot going on in this recipe but I enjoyed making it.

Samiyah Blossman

Instead of paramesean cheese I went for mozzarella which tasted a lot better.

Kalani Kechichian

Going to try this out today wish me luck!

Abbigail Gooler

Not my personal favorite i think I liked the zucchini jar salad a lot more but this was good too just very sour.

Maisy Coar

Took this with me to work and everyone was begging me for the ingridents haha, amazing apperance, smell and taste thx so much for sharing.

Paityn Jennewein

I tossed some bacon bits into mine and it was AMAZING! ultra flavorful, check, easy to make , check and cheap too!

Marisol Mihara

My family is Hispanic so anything with lemon is like gods calling lol, huge crowd pleaser on my end since everyone devoured it.


Simple & delicious summer side dish!

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