Pesto is such an easy thing to make, and you can do so many things with it: put it on crusty bread, toss it with hot pasta, top chicken or fish with it, stir it into some plain Greek yogurt for a creamy dip, or simmer it with heavy cream to make a cream sauce. The other nice thing about pesto is that it doesn’t always have to be the traditional basil kind. Get creative with it!
I had some peppery arugula and thought that fresh mint would complement it perfectly for this pesto. It worked! The pesto has a nice flavor, with a subtle hint of the mint. This is truly fantastic after it sits for a day or two and the flavors have time to marry. Enjoy!
ARUGULA MINT PESTO
1 packed cup fresh arugula
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
Zest of one orange
Juice of half an orange
½ cup whole almonds
¼ cup freshly grated Romano cheese
Grapeseed oil (you can also use olive oil)
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine everything but the oil in a food processor and blend for one or two minutes. With a food processor on low speed, slowly drizzle in the oil until the pesto reaches your desired consistency. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
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