This might be my new favorite thing to eat this summer! I stumbled onto it accidentally, or actually because of a rabbit….
I had purchased a beautiful basil plant and put it on my back patio with great excitement at watching it grow and thrive during the long summer months. 2 days later I awoke to an empty pot with no evidence of any plant other than all of the leaves being left on the ground around it. A rabbit had come and eaten all of the stems and conveniently left me with the soft fresh leaves. What else could I do but make pesto?
I stuffed the washed leaves into my food processor-
I added olive oil,
walnuts, and fresh garlic cloves and blended on high speed. Done!
Nothing tastes as good as fresh homemade pesto! It can be stored in an airtight container or frozen in ice cube trays for later use.
For the salad I cooked 2 cups of quinoa after rinsing the grains thoroughly. I added a scoop of fresh pesto and halved cherry tomatoes that had been marinating in balsamic vinegar and chopped basil (Thanks again bunny!)
After blending well, I added feta cheese and raw cashews for more protein. I snipped some fresh parsley and threw that in too-
Let chill in refrigerator for more flavor- stir well before serving and garnish with fresh basil!
I have been eating this straight out of the fridge with a spoon! It’s so refreshing! I did end up buying a new basil plant and placing it high up on a table out of the way of any visitors who think my herb garden is a salad bar!