There are two things you never ever need to buy from the grocery store: salad dressing and pesto sauce. It’s not that the ones you buy from the shop will harm you in anyway. It’s just that the freshly made ones are far more superior in taste, and they are super easy and fast to make. Maybe there will be a little washing and chopping, or maybe not. Maybe it will involve some stirring, or maybe just turning on a button on the food processor. It’s done in a matter of minutes and you feel so accomplished and talented having done that. I didn’t know that until I began searching for healthier and tastier salad dressing to help me and my family eat better.
Since the weather warmed up, we have been eating a lot of salads and the whole family finds them delicious and satisfying — largely because of the homemade dressing. It could be as simple as just fresh lemon and olive oil with a little salt and pepper.; no store bought dressing, no matter how fancy, could beat the taste of it.
Today, I tried this simple pesto recipe from Epicurious and am now convinced that I will scratch pesto sauce from my shopping list forever. It was as if I had never had pesto before in my life — that’s how wonderful it tasted compared to any pesto I had ever bought in any store.
2 cups fresh basil
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil
Place all ingredients except basil in a food processor and puree until almost smooth. Then add basil and puree some more. Adding basil last keeps it from turning brown.
Note: One important thing is to buy the best and freshest ingredients when it comes to this recipe.
Pesto Cauliflower Salad
Cauliflower florets from 1 head cauliflower
3/4 cup to 1 cup fresh pesto sauce depending on the size of the cauliflower. I used 3/4 cup.
Steam florets for 6 minutes and let cool completely in a large open container or colander. Mix the fresh pesto sauce with the cauliflower to coat. Serve at room temperature.