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Gluten Free Pesto Bean-Topped Salad Recipe

Enjoy a creative use of pesto in this vibrant salad. The veggies are not only colorful, but antioxidant-rich, too.

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Gluten Free Pesto Bean-Topped Salad Recipe

Prep Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 617kcal
Author: Ricki Heller


For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon plain liquid stevia or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 1 medium lemon about ¼ cup
  • Kosher or fine sea salt to taste

For the Pesto Beans:

  • 1 cup raw walnut halves or pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ounces fresh basil leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove chopped
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt to taste
  • ¼ cup water if needed
  • 2 cups cooked navy or Romano beans well drained

For the salad:

  • 4 cups microgreens or baby mixed greens
  • 1 small bunch lacinato dinosaur kale, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 medium avocado sliced
  • ½ cup sunflower or other sprouts optional
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds hemp hearts


  • Make the dressing: Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Make the Pesto Beans: In the bowl of a food processor, whir all the ingredients together except the beans until almost smooth (it should still be a bit chunky). Scrape the pesto over the beans in a medium bowl and toss gently until the beans are coated. Set aside.
  • Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, toss the greens, kale, carrot, and tomatoes with the dressing. Divide the mixture evenly among 4 plates or bowls. Top each salad with ¼ of the avocado slices, then ¼ of the bean mixture. Sprinkle each with ¼ of the sprouts, if using, and ¼ of the hemp seeds. Serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Pesto Bean-Topped Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 617 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Sodium 635mg26%
Potassium 1057mg30%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 13g52%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 5410IU108%
Vitamin C 40.9mg50%
Calcium 161mg16%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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