Pesto is the Besto!

Pesto is the Besto!

Here's what's great about pesto: You don't need a recipe, it tastes delicious, and it's fabulous as snack food or fancy meal food. All you really have to do is choose a nut, choose a leaf, choose an oil, add some garlic, salt, pepper, maybe a little cheese and/or some lemon and seriously that's it.

BEST BASIC PESTO RATIO (iMHO) 

  • 1-2 parts nuts
  • 2 parts oil 
  • 8+ parts leaves
  • 2 parts cheese (if you want it)
  • Everything else to taste 

Want to make it richer? More nuts, cheese, and/or oil. Want to make it lighter? More herbs and lemon. I'm also a fan of leaving out the nuts and cheese all together. 

My Favorite Pesto Combos 

  • Basil, Pine Nuts, Garlic, Olive Oil, Sea Salt
  • Kale, Basil, Walnuts, Garlic, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Pepper 
  • Cilantro, Macadamia Nuts, Garlic, Avocado Oil, Sea Salt 
  • Mint, Almonds, (teeny bit of) Garlic, Lemon Juice, Sea Salt 
  • Dill, Cashews, Garlic, Olive Oil, Sea Salt  

On My Pesto Bucket List

  • Sweet pesto combo with maybe some honey roasted or candied nuts and fruit or dried fruit.
  • An arugula or spinach and oregano combo.
  • Adding smoked olive oil, smoked nuts or smoked salt. 
  • Using brazil nuts or hazel nuts in a cilantro pesto. 

Do you have a favorite non-traditional pesto recipe you'd like to share? Let us know! 

 

 

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