Tuesday, July 10, 2012

foodie: rainbow chard pesto

my husband and i recently joined a csa (community supported agriculture).  basically it works like this, you pay a lump sum at the beginning of the season (which generally breaks down to $25-40/week) for fresh veggies, fruits, flowers and herbs from spring through early fall!  not only are the fresh pickins' beautiful and delicious, they force you out of your culinary rut when things like kohlrabi and rainbow chard find their way into your basket...

we were heading to an outdoor concert -- concert under the stars put on by the riverside symphonia -- last weekend, and i had offered to bring a crudite platter with hummus and pesto for dipping.  so, i decided to put some of my csa finds to good use!

vegan rainbow chard pesto

1 cup no-salt cashews
1 small bunch rainbow chard or swiss chard (csa)
1 cup basil leaves (csa)
1 tbsp garlic
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup almond milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

clean chard and basil, and but everything into your food processor.  blend until a thick, creamy and relatively smooth mixture develops.  it's that simple!

enjoy with fresh veggies, on a homemade pizza, with polenta, or on a sandwich!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Cailen! Long story of how I stumbled across your site, but I love it! I saw in your "about" section that you are from Bucks County - I live right outside of Bucks County!

    Anyway - that pesto looks so yummy...I've never tried making it myself (always buy the store bought jars).

    Have a great day! :)


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