Radish Leaf Pesto is a perfect party starter. Fresh, zingy and super moreish, it’s a great way to use up those leftover radish leaves and avoid waste. Mixed with your favourite oil, cheese and nuts, it couldn’t be easier to make your very own pesto at home. Just don’t blame us if it disappears in minutes.
Pesto is one of our all-time favourite ingredients. We’re not ashamed to admit we’ve been known to carry a little jar of it around occasionally as we travel, since we know that all we need is a one packet of pasta, a teaspoon (or three) of our pesto paste and we’re set for dinner wherever we are.
We love pesto and the taste of basil, but being such an intense flavour it does tend to take over whatever you use it in. But did you know that pesto doesn’t have to be limited to just basil? You can make it with anything you have at hand, making it a great way to use up ingredients that might otherwise have been wasted.
Yep, you can make pesto out of just about anything you like, as long as you follow this one simple rule:
The Pesto Rule
Pick a leaf, a nut, and a cheese, add garlic, salt and pepper and mix to your heart’s content. Be sure to thoroughly taste test, add a bit more cheese or a little more oil if needed, and you’re good to go.
Don’t have fresh basil leaves? Why not substitute with radish leaves, beetroot leaves or rocket? Pine nuts too expensive? How about walnut or almond instead? You’re only limited by your tastebuds and imagination, so why not get creative and try something new?
It may take a little while to learn which leaf goes well with which nut, but we’re sure the flavour reward will be worth the journey. In the meantime, why not start with this delicious radish leaf pesto made for us by the lovely Matthieu (aka god chef of this juicy and tender Belgian Meatloaf and the most amazing mashed potatoes you’ll ever eat) and let us know how you go.
- Radish leaves
- Parmigiano cheese
- Walnuts not too much
- Black pepper and salt
- Olive oil
- Blend all ingredients together in a food processor.
- Taste test and add more of any ingredient you need until you're satisfied with the flavour.
- Serve alongside crispy grissini breadsticks or your favourite crackers.