I have had this one on my mind for a good month or so. Summer is here and the mint is growing like crazy in our garden. Also I want to add a Pesto to my Sauces for Sale that does not include Garlic. Some people do not like Garlic or it just isn’t so good for their digestive system.
Mint is such a fresh tasting herb, quite aromatic with a sweet little punch and a cool after taste. Justs perfect for a pasta summer dish. And Cashews? They are to me the ultimate nut. They have a nutty flavor that is quite distinguishable. They are also full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They have a high concentration of protein, fiber, minerals, and antioxidants. Some call them a super food. Heck I just say they are good for you!
I added lemon juice too because it really summers this recipe up and keeps it fresher and lighter than with only olive oil.
And the mix with Basil? I do it 50- 50 or maybe just little more mint. The mint flavor is stronger the the basil so it comes out beautifully in this mixture and you also get tasty basil too. I think it would be too dominant alone in a pesto. Save that for teas and jelly.
Mint Cashew Pesto
Mentha Cashew Pesto with no Garlic and a good splash of lemon juice. The mint is mixed with basil to give a beautiful balance of fresh herbs with the mint flavor slightly dominating the basil. The cashews add a sweet nutty crunch that is oh so fine.
How to make Mint Cashew Pesto
Get out your food processor!
Wash and de-stem the mint and basil leaves and add them to the food processor.
Add the cashews and parmesan cheese.
Add the salt and pepper.
Add the lemon juice and olive oil.
Give it a good whirl! About 20 seconds and then check out the consistency. I like mine a little crunchy and not completely pureed. If it needs a little more liquid, add a splash more of olive oil or lemon juice.
Serving Size 1 Cup
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 447kcal
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 46g71%
- Saturated Fat 8g40%
- Cholesterol 7mg3%
- Sodium 472mg20%
- Potassium 219mg7%
- Total Carbohydrate 7g3%
- Dietary Fiber 2g8%
- Sugars 1g
- Protein 7g15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.