This Italian Pesto Salad dressing recipe is perfect to be served on a salad with pizza. Keto and Paleo friendly also!
Pesto Salad Dressing
Sometimes a takeaway, or delivered pizza is just what you need – you know the situation – it has been a long day, and all you want to do is flop on the sofa with Netflix and a glass of wine or three and let someone else bring your supper to you.
We do not order delivery pizzas that often, but when we do I do try and make a salad to go with them, we usually have a bag of leaves of some sort in the fridge and I am sure that a portion of vegetables offsets the pizza somehow.
This dressing is given a kick of basil with the addition of a spoonful of pesto, as well as a good squeeze of lemon. I never seem to get through that much pesto, so once I open a jar I keep in the freezer, the oil in the pesto stops it freezing rock solid so it is always easy to scoop a spoonful out, and pop the jar back into the freezer.
A simple pesto vinaigrette that pairs perfectly with a takeaway pizza. This dressing is given a kick of basil with the addition of a spoonful of pesto and is sweetened with a dash of honey. Keto and Paleo friendly.
- 4 tbsp good quality olive oil
- 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp pesto
- 2 tsp mustard (mild)
- 2 tsp honey (maple or agave)
- salt & pepper to taste
Place all the ingredients in a jar. Screw the lid on tightly and give a good shake.
Adjust the seasoning and serve over salad leaves.
If you want this to be vegan, use vegan pesto and agave or maple syrup rather than honey.
It will keep for 4 days in the fridge. Shake well before each use.
This dressing is perfect on cold pasta for a salad.
Freeze leftover pesto into individual portions in an ice cube tray.
- This reciep is 1 Weight Watchers Smart Point per portion
We ate our salad with this pesto salad dressing alongside the new Papa John’s Premium Hawaiian pizza, made with fresh pineapple and ham hock served on a thick layer of mozzarella, which we were very impressed with. It is undoubtedly an American-Italian style pizza, with a thick – but not too thick base, a puffy soft crust and a generous amount of topping. The ham hock was richly flavoured, and the fresh pineapple juicy and not sweet.
The large pizza at £16.49 was probably enough for 3, but we managed to polish it off, but did leave a few crusts, the medium at £13.49, or the thin crust, would have been the less gluttonous option, and I think would have still been more than enough. I find most delivery pizzas are fairly salty and make me very thirsty, but for once I was not gasping for water within half an hour.
All in all the pizza was a win, with quality ingredients and the important lack of salt, and we’d certainly order (a smaller) one again, when next in the mood for an American style pizza, or during a movie night with friends.
And if you love pesto flavour, you may want to try my Carrot Top Pesto!
Our pizza was from the Papa John’s Hammersmith branch,
356 King Street
0208 748 0099
Recipe and review commissioned by Papa John’s, who also sent us a pizza for review. All opinions our own.