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pea salad recipe


This Pesto Pea Salad Recipe is the ultimate, all-around side dish that can be served at any barbecue or holiday party. It's made with homemade pesto sauce, shredded mozzarella, chopped prosciutto, and garnished with thinly sliced red onions. It's delicious, gourmet, and versatile because it can also be served on top of a green salad or pasta dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 6 people
Calories 200 kcal


  • Food Processor or Ninja Food Chopper


Pesto Pea Salad Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups Frozen Peas. Wash peas thoroughly to remove the frozen taste.
  • 4.5 tbsp Pesto Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper, Cracked.
  • 2 Green Onions, Chopped.
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded.
  • 2 Prosciutto slices, Chopped.
  • 1/8 Small Red Onion, thinly sliced and used as a garnish.

Pesto Ingredients

  • 1 cup Fresh Basil leaves, packed.
  • 1/4 cup Pecans, pine nuts, or walnuts, (pick one) chopped. See roasting instructions below.
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or 2 teaspoons of minced garlic from a jar.
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper, Cracked.
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese or a shaved blend of Asiago, Parmesan, and Romano Cheese.


Pesto Pea Salad Instructions

  • Rinse off peas thoroughly to remove the frozen taste.
  • Next, add peas, pesto sauce, salt, black pepper, and green onions to a medium bowl. Mix ingredients thoroughly.
  • Add mozzarella and prosciutto bites to that same bowl and mix.
  • Lastly, lightly garnish the top with thinly sliced red onions.
  • Allow the Pesto Pea Salad to chill in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours. This dish can be made the night before.

Pesto Sauce Instructions

  • Roast 1/4 cup of chopped nuts in a skillet over medium heat. It will take approximately five minutes for them to brown.
  • Next, add basil leaves, roasted nuts, minced garlic, salt, pepper, cheese, and olive oil to a Ninja Food Chopper or some food processor.
  • Grind ingredients together until they're completely blended. Refer to the pesto picture in the article.
  • Serve immediately.


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 200kcalProtein: 5gFat: 20g
Keyword appetizer quick, Dinner recipes, pea salad, pea salad recipe, pesto pea salad, Side dish
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