Recipe: Strawberry-Goldenrod Pesto

Surprisingly light and refreshing, this unique pesto is sure to be a nice compliment to your next Italian meal! 


1 cup Canada goldenrod leaves

1/4 cup sliced almonds

1/3 cup olive oil

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1-2 cups fresh strawberries with tops removed

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

Ingredients for strawberry-goldenrod pesto. Photo credit: Matthew Barnes


1.  Combine Canada goldenrod leaves, almonds, olive oil, and lemon juice in food processor and pulse to achieve a chunky paste.  The stringy midvein of the goldenrod leaves may resist processing; just use a spatula or spoon to stir the contents of the food processor occasionally between pulses.

2.  Add strawberries a few at a time and pulse until creamy

3.  Add salt and pepper and mix briefly

4.  Chill and serve cool.

I enjoyed my strawberry-goldenrod pesto on garlic bread, but it would taste great on pasta or as an ingredient in other dishes. Photo credit: Matthew Barnes


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