Tomato & Basil Pesto Salad

Basil & Tomato Salad

Tomato & Basil Pesto Salad

Combine ½ C. Basil Pesto (purchased from store or made from recipe basil pesto recipe below)
Several cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 C. Mozzarella cheese, grated or in chunks
½ C. green olives, halved
¼ C. olive oil

Directions
Combine all ingredients above, cover, and chill before serving.

Basil Pesto
2 tablespoons pine nuts (sunflower seeds are cheaper)
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2¾ cups fresh basil leaves (about 6 bunches)
2 tablespoons (½ ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese*
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil

Drop pine nuts (or sunflower seeds) and garlic through the food chute with food processor turned on. Process until minced.

With processor on, slowly pour oil through the food chute. Take the lid off and add the basil, cheese and lemon juice. Replace the lid.

Process until well blended. Spoon into a zip-top heavy-duty plastic bag. Store in the refrigerator or freeze it.

Yield : 1 cup

*If you want to freeze this pesto to use all winter, leave out the Parmesan cheese. It doesn’t freeze well. Add it when you’re ready to use the pesto.

I freeze little batches in muffin tins lined with plastic wrap until it’s frozen. Then I put the little packages in a big zip-lock freezer bag.

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