Pesto Please

Featured Article,In Season,Summer
September 1, 2010

Life is like a jar of pesto...you never know which ingredients you're going to get. From basil to cilantro to spinach pestos, our menu keeps things fresh.

Jar of Pesto
Mark Boughton/styling by: Teresa Blackburn
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Pesto just may be the perfect condiment, and the flavor captures the sunny, herb-prolific months of the year better than any other we can think of.

By definition, it’s is an uncooked sauce made with basil, garlic, pine nuts, and Parmesan or Pecorino cheese…but we’ve never met a definition that couldn’t stand a little stretching.

Pesto, we decided, needed a new spin—so we put our cooking caps on and came up with a few flavorful new variations. Here’s round-up of some our favorites, along with a few fresh recipes you can doll up with your favorite kind.

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Pistachio Pesto

Pistachios add a different flavor twist to pesto.

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Basil Pesto with Walnuts

Classic pesto with walnuts instead of the traditional pine nuts.

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Cilantro Pesto

Unlike the classic basil pesto, this cilantro-based version adds Southwestern flair to pastas and dips.

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Easy Pesto Chicken Panini

With leftover rotisserie chicken or grilled boneless chicken breasts on hand, these delightful sandwiches come together prestissimo!

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Pistachio-Basil Pesto

Give pesto a different flavor twist with pistachios.

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Pesto Shrimp with Couscous

A heart-shaped parchment packet holds a healthy meal shrimp and couscous.

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Spinach Pesto

A perfect topping for bruschetta and grilled chicken.

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Pesto Catfish Packets

Summer flavors of pesto and tomato in a quick fish from the grill.

Beef and Red Pepper Pesto Salad

Beef and Red Pepper Pesto Salad

A main-dish salad with color, flavor, and steak.