Vegan Ricotta & Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Salad

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I know that summer is over and all (at least on this side of the planet), but can we please pretend like the sun is out and we’re in tank tops, riding bikes to get ice cream? Or at least can we keep making pretty salads for lunch? I can settle for the latter if you throw in a fireplace (’cause dang, it’s cold outside).

Deal.

This salad was inspired by a sandwich I had when we were in Iceland. I found a juice shop (Jo & The Juice!) that served up sandwiches on GF bread with a pesto-y dressing, fresh tomatoes, and ripe avocado. Swoon.

I had intentions of making a similar sandwich as the recipe. But, honestly, I need more greens (and less bread) in my life right now, so salad it was. (However, this would be bomb with avocado on toasted sourdough instead of greens.)

This recipe requires less than 30 minutes to throw together even with the Easy Vegan Pesto dressing* and Whipped Almond Ricotta*.

The only other elements are cooked chickpeas and pine nuts for some plant-based fiber and protein and sun-dried tomatoes* for texture and depth of flavor. You could also throw in some avocado, but I didn’t find it necessary. And for more carbs (#carblife), toss in some cooked gluten-free pasta (like this Pea Pesto Pasta Salad!).

*Note: You can learn about the origins of pesto here, ricotta here, and sun-dried tomatoes here.

I hope you all love this easy, bright-and-cheery salad. It’s versatile, flavorful, satisfying, and the perfect lunch or light dinner.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Pesto & Sun-Dried Tomato Green Salad

Quick-and-easy salad with mixed greens, almond ricotta, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, chickpeas, and pesto dressing! A 30-minute plant-based meal!
Author Minimalist Baker
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5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30minutes
Total Time 30minutes
Servings 2
Course Entree, Salad, Side
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Italian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3 Days

Ingredients

TOPPINGS

  • 3/4cupWhipped Almond Ricotta
  • 1/2cupsun-dried tomatoes(I buy Trader Joe’s brand – otherwise, buy packed in oil, then loosely pat dry and chop)
  • 1/2cuppine nuts
  • 1/2cupcooked chickpeas

DRESSING

  • 1/2cupEasy Vegan Pesto
  • 3Tbsplemon juice (~1 lemon as recipe is written)(optional)

GREENS

  • 5-6cupsmixed greens or spinach (organic when possible)

Instructions

  • Start by preparing Whipped Almond Ricotta (follow link for instructions). Then set in refrigerator until serving.
  • Next prepare Easy Vegan Pesto dressing (follow link for instructions). Then cover and set in refrigerator until serving.
  • To plate, arrange greens on a serving platter (or bowl) and top with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and cooked chickpeas. Dollop on spoonfuls of almond ricotta and drizzle with vegan pesto. You can also squeeze with fresh lemon juice (optional) for extra flavor and moisture.
  • Best when fresh. Store leftovers separately (undressed) up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with all of the ingredients included (1/2 cup pesto dressing, 3/4 cup almond ricotta).

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1servingCalories: 781Carbohydrates: 50.8gProtein: 27.7gFat: 57.3gSaturated Fat: 4.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 488mgFiber: 18gSugar: 9.8g

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  1. Heathersays

    Wanting to serve this dish for 8-10
    Adults next weekend. :) It’s a big spread for me, and mixed vegan/veg/meat eaters. To save on $ & time, do I buy dairy based ricotta and try that? I’m not so versed in ricotta. Or would you suggest a different cheese?

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  2. PHOEBE CROUSEsays

    WOW! I’ve been following your blog for 3 years, always in amazement of your creative ability with plant based foods but this ricotta just took it to the next level!!!!! Brought it to a dinner party and everyone was smearing it on bread, eating it with apples and licking the spoon. And the salad as a whole was heavenly. THANK YOU <3

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  3. Lizziesays

    I loved loved loved the recipe! Only note, you might want to include toasting the pine nuts in the directions. I lucked out and my chef girlfriend let me know i needed to do this.

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  4. Susan Pantlesays

    Wow, that looks awesome. On another note, I served your Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes for a dinner party Friday & your uncle, who is hard to get vegetables down had seconds & leftovers the next day! My guest loved them also!

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  5. What Mum Lovessays

    I was scrolling down the bloglovin page, and suddenly the words ‘vegan ricotta’ made my heart beat faster! I had to check out this delicious dish xx

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