There’s something amazing about Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes. Week after week, they’re filled with fresh, organic and just-picked local produce. It never fails though, each box comes with at least one ingredient I’ve either never cooked with before, or perhaps never even heard of! Maybe it’s Swiss chard (which can often be substituted for onions) or rutabaga (which can be roasted with other root vegetables).
When my CSA box came with curly parsley and arugula, I was stumped. Both could easily be added to salads, but I wanted something different. Something a bit more fun, since we’re already making salads with the lettuce that comes each week.
As it turns out, arugula has a strong, peppery taste, while parsley has a very mild flavor. I didn’t think either one were very tasty on their own, but I knew that together with a couple other basic ingredients they’d make an excellent smear for a fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwich.
Traditional pesto calls for pine nuts, which are a bit too rich for my budget. This recipe uses cashews, an affordable, deliciously creamy alternative that still compliments the nutty Parmesan. Sweetened with just a hint of honey, this bright green pesto smear has quickly become our new favorite recipe as we anxiously await the next CSA box, hoping to find arugula and curly parsley again.
Arugula and Parsley Pesto Smear with Honey
⅓ cup cashews
1 medium garlic clove, peeled
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp honey
1 cup arugula, roughly chopped
½ cup curly parsley, roughly chopped
Place all ingredients in a Blendtec Twister jar. Blend on speed 1 for a full cycle, twisting the Twister lid counterclockwise during blending. Use the Spectacula to scrape down the sides. Blend again on speed 2, for a full cycle, twisting the Twister lid counterclockwise during blending. The mixture should be creamy, but blend for a third time on speed 1 if any large pieces remain.
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