Get nutty with your parsley, basil or cilantro!

Are you looking for something to do with all those fresh herbs growing in your garden this summer?

Consider plucking a handful of basil, parsley or cilantro and tossing it in a blender (or food processor) with your favorite nut. That’s right! Make a healthy and flavorful garnish for pasta, breads, grains, meats, etc.

This is something you can freeze and use for a little summer flavor in the middle of winter. Freeze mixture in an ice tray, store individual cubes an airtight container in your freezer. Use as many or as few as you need for  a winter meal pick me up.


Basic Garnish Recipe

Adapted from The Wellspring School Cooking Class

Prep time: 8 minutes. Makes ¾ cup.

  • ¼ cup toasted seeds or nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup parsley, basil, or cilantro
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3-4  TBS olive oil

Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times until coarse mixture. Great with brown rice, fish, chicken, etc.

Some great herb/nut combos:

  • Pepita & Parsley
  • Basil & Walnut
  • Cilantro & Almond

What’s your favorite


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