Piadina with basil pesto mayonnaise

This light Italian dish is a perfect light lunch for a Summer's day


Recipe courtesy of Sacla / Rachel Allen



  • Step 1

    Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and mix until evenly crumbly.

  • Step 2

    Make a well in the centre and pour in the warm milk and water. Mix with your hands (or with a wooden spoon) until the dough become soft, but not sticky.

  • Step 3

    Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead for 5-7 minutes until it is soft and smooth.

  • Step 4

    Divide into 6 pieces, each about 60g in weight. Roll each piece into a ball and place the balls on a flour-dusted surface.

  • Step 5

    Cover with a damp tea towel or cling film for 30 minutes, or they can go into the fridge overnight.

  • Step 6

    When you’re ready to cook the piadine, heat a frying pan or grill pan over a medium-high heat. Working with one ball at a time, roll the dough into a disc approximately 12cm/4½in in diameter and about 2mm thick.

  • Step 7

    Gently place the dough into the hot pan – no oil is needed. Cook each piadina over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side, until lightly golden but still pliable, then wrap in a clean tea towel immediately to trap the steam and prevent the piadina from getting brittle while cooling. Repeat with the remaining balls of dough.

  • Step 8

    When you’ve cooked all of them, the fun really starts! Mix the mayonnaise with the Basil Pesto in a bowl. Place each piadina on a plate or worktop and spread half the surface with the Basil mayonnaise.

  • Step 9

    Arrange rocket leaves on top then scatter each with grated cheese, shredded chicken and a dollop of yoghurt followed by a squeeze of lime juice. Fold in half and tuck in!