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

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!

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.

White Bean Pesto Salad

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).
White Bean Pesto Salad

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.

White Bean Pesto Salad

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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20 Responses to “Meet My Guest: The Realistic Nutritionist and White Bean Pesto Salad”

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

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

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

    Ohhhhhh jeeeaaaaaahhhh.

  3. Erica posted September 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

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

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

    YOU ARE SO CUTE! Thank you 🙂

    • Aggies Kitchen posted 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 🙂

  5. 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 posted 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!

  6. IdaBaker posted September 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm

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


  7. Kiran @ posted September 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Salad with pesto?! Oh yum!

  8. Bree posted September 27, 2012 at 11:06 am

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

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

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

  10. Cassie posted September 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I adore you BOTH. Love this salad!!

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

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

  12. Helene posted 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.

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

    Great recipe!

  14. A New York Foodie posted 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!

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

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

  16. TastefullyJulie posted October 1, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Looks so good. I LOVE arugula!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted 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. 🙂

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

    Love it! Always on the lookout for interesting salads.

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