Whether you are using a delicious prepared pesto or you make yours from scratch, here are 5 genius ways to use pesto!
Add Some Zing To Your Salads
Add a tablespoon to a simple balsamic vinaigrette with equal parts balsamic and olive oil. Shake in a jar and pour over your favorite salad.
Bring Your Healthy Lunches to the Next Level
Poach a chicken breast in a small saucepan: add water halfway up the side of the chicken, cover and simmer until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Cut chicken into small pieces, toss with pesto and use for sandwiches, fill a w whole wheat pita with tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and chicken, or top your favorite salad.
Drizzle, Finish, Garnish
Finishing even the simplest dish with pesto offers an instant flavor upgrade. Try a traditional basil pesto to garnish soups like this Tomato Basil Bisque. Top pasta dishes with a few dots of pesto, spoon a bit over grilled or roasted chicken, and brush grilled or roasted seafood with pesto.
Use as a Cooking Sauce
Mix 2 Tablespoons of pesto with 1/2 cup of EVOO and use as a sauce for roasting vegetables, bread dipping or as a mix-in to your mashed potatoes instead of butter.
Use As a Tasty Spread
Mix pesto with a spreadable cheese like goat cheese, mascarpone or cream cheese and spread on crostini, sandwiches or use as a dip with crackers and fresh veggies.