If you are making your own pesto at home, do not toast the pine nuts if you want this to be a 100% raw meal, and do not add cheese unless a raw product is available. You can usually find cheeses made from raw, unpasteurized milk at farmers markets or your local health food store.
The amount of pesto that you choose to use really depends on your personal preferences. I like to add about 1/4 cup to the whole salad. You can always top your own individual portion off with more, if you like.
You can also use this cheese for your garnish, or your favorite variety of raw cheese. If this is too soft to grate, just dice it into very small pieces instead.
If you can’t find escarole, choose whatever fresh, organic, in-season lettuce mix you want to use.