Every summer, we grow our own vegetable garden, and along side the garden we grow herbs in pots. And every year we have grand ideas of how we are going to use these herbs in all of the dishes that we make.
And every year we end up with several pots of herbs that we barely touch.
This summer we are on a mission to change that!
What requires a whole bunch of herbs, but is still easy to make and doesn’t require cooking (It’s hot. Who wants to turn on an oven, or even a stove-top!)?
Pesto, that’s what!
And since we’re really indecisive and couldn’t decide which herb we wanted to include, we threw a few different ones in and hoped for the best.
Lemon Basil, African Blue Basil, Sage and Arugula. You want flavour? You got it! Paired with some toasted walnuts, garlic and a little lemon juice to finish it off- you will want to spread this stuff on everything. But be sure to make a double-batch, because we’ve got a delicious summer meal coming your way that features this magnificent spread, and you’re going to want to use every last drop! ;)
Don’t have lemon basil or African Blue basil? No problem! Regular basil works just fine. Don’t have an herb garden? We’re betting you have a neighbour or two who would be happy to share their bounty with you :)
So go ahead and use 10 minutes to make this- then go and enjoy that summer sun!
Time: 10 minutes
Makes: ~1/2 c.
1/2 c walnuts, toasted
1/3 c. basil leaves
1/4 c. sage leaves
1/3 c. arugula
1/4 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp water
Put the walnuts, basil, sage, arugula, salt, garlic and lemon juice into a blender or food processor. Blend on high until the mixture becomes mealy and starts to form a paste. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil. If your pesto is still too thick after adding all of the olive oil, add the tablespoon of water. Blend until the mixture is somewhat smooth. (it will still have some texture). Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Do you have an herb garden? How do you use up all of your herbs?