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Green Panther Pesto

Pesto 2

One of my favorite vegan restaurants in Montreal is The Green Panther.  They are the kind of restaurant I admire for having just a few items on the menu, that are always consistently delicious.  One thing that makes all their dishes so great are the sauces they put on everything – my favorite being the green “yogi sauce.” I always ask for extra 🙂

In an homage to my favorite falafel joint/after-yoga lunch spot/cheap & healthy haven, I am naming this sauce, “Green Panther Pesto.”  And much like it’s source of inspiration, this pesto will liven up just about any meal.  Add it to a sandwich, drizzle it over salad, use it as a dip with veggies, tofu, meat, or crackers; you name it.  In fact, I would love to hear from you on the yummy ways you used this recipe!

I always like to have a jar of some kind of homemade sauce in the fridge.  It’s a great way to turn a simple meal into something special, and add bold flavor when you don’t have the time to cook a fancy dinner.  Another household favorite is my red pepper sauce that is just as easy to whip up as this pesto – just throw all the ingredients raw into a blender and you are good to go!

Ingredients

(Makes about 3/4 cup of pesto)

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves (pack them in medium-tightly)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4-1/3 cup olive oil
  • Large pinch of salt

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and pulse until smooth.  Start with 1/4 cup olive oil and add more if needed.  You may have to add a few tablespoons of water as well to get the blender going.  Store in an airtight container for 1 week.

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