Four P Salad is ready in a snap and a delicious alternative to boring pasta salad prepared with salad dressing. Pasta, pesto sauce, frozen peas and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. That's it! The result is a zesty, aromatic pasta salad that will have everyone at the table asking for more.
Ingredients to Have on Hand
- pesto sauce
- parmesan cheese
This is by far one of the easiest recipes to prepare, but the lack of a lengthy ingredient list or long preparation time is no reflection on the flavor-factor. The pasta, pesto, peas and cheese combination gets rave reviews every time I make it.
I think it's especially refreshing in the summer as a BBQ side dish, but it's equally delicious served any time of year with burgers, roasted chicken, pot roast or a pork loin.
FAQ and Tips
I recommend using fresh pesto in this recipe, but in a pinch, store-bought works fine.
That's part of the beauty of this recipe. The ingredients are so simple, but this pasta salad is a winner with just the "P" ingredients: pasta, pesto, parmesan and peas.
You sure can, and it may be delicious that way, but that of course will throw off the magic of "four p's" in this recipe.
I recommend sticking with the peas but let me know in the comments if you tinker with the ingredients and love the outcome.
Use Frozen Peas
I adjust the amount of peas I use in this recipe from time-to-time. Sometimes I use one cup, sometimes two cups. It depends on how many frozen peas I have in the bag in the freezer, but I highly recommend using frozen, not canned peas.
The inspiration for Four P Salad
There's a grocery store in Boise, Idaho called the Co-op, it's a community-owned natural foods store (not affiliated with this blog or sponsored) and they sell delicious deli salads, including Four P Salad.
While I don't have their recipe for Four P Salad, I think this comes pretty close - my kids even think my version is even better. (Aw, thanks kids!) Let me know what you think.
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