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We’ve got some pesto fans in our family, and have enjoyed finding different combinations to make a nice variety in our meals. If my kids will eat a salad because of a fresh pesto, who am I to stop them? This is a fun twist on traditional pesto, using parsley and cashews for a creamy, tasty pesto.
1 Bunch of Italian Parsley (about two cups)
1/2 cup Cashews, unsalted
1/2 cup Kerrygold Cheese
1 Large or 2 Small Garlic Cloves
1/2 cup Olive Oil (Depending on preference, you can can use 2/3 to make it more of a sauce-consistency)
Salt to taste
Handful of Grape Tomatoes
Add olive oil. We prefer thicker pesto, but you can add a bit more to make it more sauce-like. Add salt to taste.
Add a dollop of finished pesto to a bowl of baby spinach greens, and top with your favorite salad toppings.
Enjoy, and tell us how you like it!
Couple Berry Farm’s Grilled Peach and Strawberry Salad with Mint Pesto Dressing
3 Small Peaches, sliced
1 cup Strawberries, sliced*
2 tsp. Olive Oil
2 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1 large package of Couple Berry Farms salad mix (We used our “Elegant Green” Arugula mix)*
Sliced mozzarella, or rolled into a ball and sliced in half
A few dollops of Pesto (see ingredients below)
Pine nuts or Walnuts to top (toasted or raw)
Salt and Pepper
1 packed cup of mint* and basil*
¼ cup pine nut or walnuts (we used walnuts)
½ garlic clove
¼ cup olive oil (more if you prefer the pesto to be thinner)
Salt and pepper to taste
*Available fresh from Couple Berry Farms!
Slice peaches and toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. If the peaches are large, you can place directly on grill over medium heat for a few minutes. OR, if peaches are smaller, take one foot of aluminum foil and fold in the corners to make a small basket/tray. Place peaches in the foil and place on hot grill. Grill on high for about 3 minutes, until the liquid is slightly bubbly. The foil prevents burning. (Strawberries also taste delicious when grilled and can be added with the peaches!)
Toss salad mix with olive oil and fresh ground pepper and salt. Top with sliced strawberries, grilled peaches, dollops of pesto, chopped walnuts, and sliced mozzarella balls. If desired, toss with a few teaspoons of balsamic vinegar.