Asian-Style Pesto

A homemade pesto is a great way to use extra fresh herbs if you have them on hand. This is a Southeast Asian-style version using two types of basil, mint, cilantro and fresh ginger that can be used with poultry, fish or shellfish.

Asian-Style Pesto
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  • Ingredients:
  • 2 jalapeno chiles, stemmed, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup fresh Thai basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 3/4 cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, loosely packed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. If necessary, add a little extra oil to adjust the consistency. Store, tightly covered in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes:
Give this pesto a try in our Asian Pesto Salmon and Warm Orzo Salad or toss with some rice or cellophane noodles and a few chopped scallions and serve with grilled chicken.

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