Lemon Pesto Garden Salad

Looking for a healthy recipe to make using the fruits and vegetables from your home garden? If so, try out this lemon pesto garden salad from Taste of Home! This salad is sustainable and nutritious. Topped off with freshly chopped bacon, it’s hard to resist the delicious, savory taste of this salad!

Lemon Pesto Garden Salad

5 tablespoons prepared pesto

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2-1/2 cups thinly sliced yellow summer squash

1-3/4 cups thinly sliced mini cucumbers

3/4 cup fresh peas

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

5 thick-sliced bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


Cook up the bacon and finely chop it into crumbles once done.

Cut up yellow summer squash, green onions, and mini cucumbers into thin strips.

In a bowl, whisk together the pesto, lemon juice, lemon zest, Dijon mustard, garlic salt, and pepper.

Combine the sliced squash, cucumbers, peas, parmesan and green onions in a separate bowl.

Combine bowls and mix together well.

Pair with the salad dressing of your choice and pour over salad; toss to coat.

Top off with the chopped bacon to serve!


Nominated for Loan Officer of the Year by ASREB in 2017 and a Mortgage Loan Officer since 2013, Shane holds more than 30 years of customer sales and service career experience, Gilbert-based Shane Christopher serves as a Mortgage Advisor with Geneva Financial. He is renowned—and respected—for a hometown attitude of service with a smile and treating clients like family.