This recipe is one of my new favorites! I can easily whip this up and make sure I am getting plenty of vegetables without having to bust my wallet or wait for summer to have enough basil on hand. I swear there is no overpowering broccoli flavor. It is the perfect, light pesto recipe with a bit of added nutrition I am a big fan of broccoli, but too much can upset my stomach, a gentle boil or steam and blend with the yummiest of pesto ingredients. If you struggle to get enough veggies in your life, this recipe is easy, delicious and so nutritious. I promise, if you try this broccoli walnut pesto, it won’t bust your wallet or your time. I m
ade this in 15 minutes and topped a salad in 5 when I had absolutely no dinner plans.
I originally invented this recipe when I had a chopped style challenge in my cooking lab at school. We had a head a broccoli and a kale salad in the works. At first we decided to roast the broccoli for the side, but decided to make it easily digestible and delicious by blending it up into a pesto. Along with our kale salad and broccoli walnut pesto, we topped it with chopped dates which turned out to be a surprisingly delicious addition. Now, enough about it, get cooking because it really is so simple and yummy!
- 1 large crown broccoli steamed/blanched
- 1 clove crushed and chopped garlic
- 1-2 tbp roughly chopped green onions or shallot optional
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 4 tbsp tahini
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- juice from 1 1/2 lemons
- salt to taste (around 1/2-1 tsp)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- handful basil or parsley
Trim the stems from 1 large crown of broccoli.
Bring a pot of water to a boil and drop in your broccoli tops, cook for about 2 minutes.
Quickly transfer or rinse your cooked broccoli in cold water to prevent it from overcooking.
Once cooled down, transfer to a dry towel while you prepare your other ingredients.
Crush your garlic, remove the peel and give it a rough chop.
Add your ingredients to your food processor- onion (if using), walnuts, tahini, lemon zest, 1/2 the lemon juice, 1/2 the salt, olive oil, fresh herbs, broccoli and garlic.
Blend everything until creamy.
Scrape the sides of the food processor, taste test. If necessary, add more salt and lemon juice gradually until it reaches your taste preferences.