Remember I mentioned I got an AeroGarden for Christmas? Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would produce as much as it did. If you live in a muy frío place like I do and like fresh herbs in the winter, message me and I’ll tell you all about my hydroponic set-up. Most of the herbs were gobbled up as soon as the sprigs resembled their namesake. I’m talking whole fresh basil leaves wrapped around mozzarella and anemic, winter-grown cherry tomatoes (blerg–the fresh basil made them palatable) as a snack and a bunch of cilantro chopped and mixed in with avocado, feta, and lime juice for a perfect, simple guac.
Basil, cilantro, chives, and parsley are all incorporated in things I eat nearly every week as it is, so of course they didn’t last long. The Thai basil on the other hand turned into a small, unruly bush growing in the corner of my dining room and I had not a clue what to do with it. Until this idea came to me: Thai basil pesto.
I ate it with rice noodles and sautéed veggies and I think it would be equally as spectacular mixed into rice. Like any pesto, it’s easy and it packs a pretty big herby, fresh flavor punch. The cashews and coconut oil lend a smooth, sweet flavor and it’s balanced by the tartness of lime and the tang of fresh ginger. If you don’t have a hydroponic garden, you should be able to find Thai basil in your grocery store.
- ¼ cup cashews
- 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1½ to 2 inch knob of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- ½ lime, juiced
- 4 cups Thai basil leaves
- Pinch of salt
- ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
- In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade attachment, add cashews, garlic, and ginger Run for about 10-15 seconds. Turn off.
- Add Thai basil leaves, lime juice, and salt. Turn on the processor again. While it's running, slowly pour in the coconut oil through the feed tube at the top and process until the mixture is pureed to your liking. Season to taste.
- **Note: you may not need the full ⅓ cup coconut oil, depending upon the consistency you like your pesto. I like mind with a little texture to it, so I ended up using about ¼ cup of the oil.