Spring Vegetable Salad with Mint Pesto

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Tossed with zippy mint pesto, crisp radishes and fresh peas make this spring salad a showstopper. Make the most of your garden vegetables this spring and summer!

Spring is in the air with this lively salad of green beans, peas, radishes, and mint pesto. Of course, it should be on your rotation all summer long, too. It’s that good!

The vegetables, bathed in mint pesto, are punctuated with crunchy toasted almonds, feisty feta, and fresh mint leaves. This is definitely going on my lunch menu all season long.

To Make This Salad Ahead of Time

You can make many components of this salad a day or more in advance. Store the cooked vegetables and mint pesto in the fridge. Put the toasted almonds in an airtight jar (a canning jar would work), and keep it on the counter.

When ready to serve, toss it all together with the feta, radishes, mint, and almonds just before heading to your friend’s potluck dinner or backyard barbecue. And, P.S., you can double or triple the recipe for a crowd.

Four days before:

  • Make the pesto
  • Toast the almonds

The day before:

  • Cook the peas and beans

Time-Saving Tip

Save on multiple pots and start cooking the beans first, since they take the longest to cook. After three minutes, add the snap peas and cook for two minutes longer.

To keep these veggies a vibrant green, dip them in an ice-cold water bath to stop the cooking process.

A Trick for Chopping Almonds

Whole toasted almonds are brittle and fly all over the place when you chop them with a knife. Don’t you hate when that happens?

I love this neat trick, especially when I want just a few almonds to top a salad or to add to my breakfast bowl. Place them in a plastic bag, seal the bag, and lightly tap them with a rolling pin. Voila! No mess, no fuss! (You’re welcome!)

How to Serve This Salad

This salad is the ultimate potluck side dish to bring to a barbecue or to serve when the family gathers for the summer holidays. Serve it with:

  • Honey Glazed Grilled Chicken
  • Lamb Burgers
  • Salmon from the grill or oven—try this Grilled Salmon with Dill Butter recipe.
  • A spoonful with warmed pita bread to serve alongside this Lamb Chop recipe would be delicious!
  • Grill flatbreads, and put this salad on top for a terrific vegetarian supper.

Original recipe source: https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/spring_vegetable_salad_with_mint_pesto/

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