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Meet My Guest: The Realistic Nutritionist and White Bean Pesto Salad

by Aggies Kitchen on September 26, 2012

Do you ever visit a food blog and want to eat every. single. thing. on it? Yea, that’s pretty much how I feel about Claire’s blog, The Realistic Nutritionist. If you don’t know Claire (yet), then you are in for a treat. This girl is a ball of energy, makes me smile and utterly amazes me with her talent and creativity. I’m so happy she’s here today sharing a salad with you all…though, I have to say, I wish she was REALLY here sharing this salad with me. I feel like I need to go to the store right this second and pick up all the ingredients…

(Oh and PS…another reason why I love this girl – this week Claire is hosting her first Skinny Tailgate Week over on her blog – enough said.)

Thanks for stopping by Claire!


Hi friends and fans of Aggie’s Kitchen! Claire, The Realistic Nutritionist, here and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be! I’ve been a HUGE fan of Aggie’s since the very beginning and I’m just happy as a clam to be here sharing one of my favorite recipes with you, a white bean pesto salad!

I know, it’s a salad, like how original right? But I promise it’s one of the best salads you’ll ever eat. To me, the simplest dishes are sometimes (more times than not) the best. I love those 20 ingredient pot roasts and what not, but I also love whipping up something amazing in 5 minutes with things from my pantry.

Seriously. All this has is arugula, white beans, pesto and…that’s it. Some cheese if you want it, some lemon if you want it, some tomatoes. Whatever the heck you want to throw in this you can. And it’ll still taste so fresh and so incredible. This is the kind of dish I’ll serve at my trendy little restaurant (when I have one, which I will, of course).

Oh and let’s talk for a minute about pesto. Every time I make a batch it becomes increasing difficult not to drink it directly with a straw. It’s nutty with the PERFECT bold flavor of basil. Plus, you can serve it on EVERYTHING. Chicken, pasta, fish…or you could pull out a spoon and just eat it directly from the jar.

This salad is a great game-day tailgating side dish because it’s REALLY easy (we’ve covered that) and pretty healthy to boot!  Click HERE for the easy and tasty recipe! Thanks again for having me Aggie!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) September 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

this looks incredible – light, refreshing and i’m totally pinning it right now!


Bev @ Bev Cooks September 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

Ohhhhhh jeeeaaaaaahhhh.


Erica September 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

Pesto on a salad! Such a great idea! A must try


claire @ the realistic nutritionist September 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

YOU ARE SO CUTE! Thank you :)


Aggies Kitchen September 27, 2012 at 1:51 am

Thank you!! So glad you shared this. I am seriously all over it this weekend. It’s going to be the new salad in my life. I really hope I’ve got some basil still happening in the back yard :)


Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate September 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm

This looks delicious and so simple! I love it!! Really, anything with pesto and a few fiber-rich beans and I’m sold. Can’t wait to give this a try!


Aggies Kitchen September 27, 2012 at 1:50 am

I’m totally with you! Simple is the most delicious most of the time :) Have a great day!


IdaBaker September 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I’m always in the mood for a great salad, and this one sure fits the bill.



Kiran @ September 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Salad with pesto?! Oh yum!


Bree September 27, 2012 at 11:06 am

I love Claire’s blog too-this salad looks great! :)


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. September 27, 2012 at 11:17 am

how fun! This looks so good! Hope you are well! Miss you so!


Cassie September 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I adore you BOTH. Love this salad!!


Alyssa (Everyday Maven) September 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I love finding new blogs I want to follow. This is right up my alley – thanks :)


Helene September 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

Thanks so much for sharing such a delicious blog. I haven’t heard about The Realistic Nutritionist before. What a healthy, good looking salad. I’ll have to try the recipe.


Daniela @ food recipes HQ September 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Great recipe!


A New York Foodie September 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Hi Aggie, Haven’t been to your blog in a long time. Love all the recipes you have on here.

I will definitely be back!


Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen October 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

This is so different than what I usually fix with beans, I love it!


TastefullyJulie October 1, 2012 at 10:50 am

Looks so good. I LOVE arugula!


Aggies Kitchen October 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

It really is good, and so simple. I made it for lunch last week – yum! I’m a sucker for arugula. :)


Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen October 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Love it! Always on the lookout for interesting salads.


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