½ Cup nuts and seeds (the simplest would be to use almonds only, I like to mix it up with almonds and pumpkin seeds or even just pine nuts; try different combinations to find what you like)
2 Garlic cloves
½ Cup mint leaves
½ Cup extra virgin olive oil
⅓ Cup water
1 Lime juice
1 Teaspoon pink salt
*Chop garlic, spring onion using only the green and white part not the bulb, wash mint leaves and juice the lime
*Pop all ingredients into a blender and pulse. You don’t want this to be like a creamy paste more like a textured dip
*Grab a spoon and taste it, feel free to add some salt, lime juice or olive oil depending on your taste buds
Perfect for a dinner party
* The usual suspect would be to serve this with crackers but I often like to serve this with a strong bread gives a nice balance of flavors. Put the pesto in a small size mason jar with a spoon on the side, to accompany on a chopping board small square of bread.
*For a spicy affair, this mint scallion mélange on an Indian Poppadum is perfect: you’ll need a packet of poppadums’, the pesto above, tomatoes and red onions and a dash of garam masala.
Chop the tomatoes and onions into small cubes
Roast the poppadums’ on the gas stove (you could also deep fry them in coconut oil or in the microwave for a few seconds)
Sprinkle the pesto, tomatoes; onions over the poppadum and to finish add a dash of garam masala.
*Nuts and Seeds, here you could play with a mixture of any kinds of nuts and seeds you like; almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts….the recipe calls for roasting them alternatively you could soak them overnight and put the nuts in raw
*Scallion and Mint; this is a great blend and another alternative could be to replace the mint with basil or coriander
*Replacing the scallion with green onion or spring onion (this will give a stronger taste) also works just fine
Is there a difference, scallion, spring onion or green onion? These three alliums of choice bring a subtle flavor to this dish in comparison with the onion but are the three of them the same? Green onion and scallions are the same but the spring onion is not. Its considered to have a more mature flavor, almost like the older brother to the scallion. Often for a stronger flavor use
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