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Mustard micro-green pesto

Micro-greens are early versions of most vegetables, leafy greens, and some herbs. They aren’t the same as sprouts. They’re more like baby, leafy-green houseplants that you can eat. Sprouts are grown in water, micro-greens are grown in soil and harvested when the leaves open, but before they mature. The main difference between the two is the size of the root and the length of time before harvest. Although neither take long to grow, sprouts are quicker to reach harvest size.

I love micro greens — partly because they’re fun to experiment with and a nice diversion from regular vegetables, but also because of the vibrant colors, zippy taste, and nutrient density. They pack a lot of low-calorie punch in their tiny leaves and stems.

These feisty little mustard plants start with a sweet, mellow taste, but finish with a peppery bite. I sprinkle them on salads and tacos, but when I want full-on, zippy flavor (a touch wasabi-ish), this pesto recipe is the best. Serve with grilled salmon or pasta.

Mustard micro-green pesto
what you need
2 cups mustard micro-greens (washed and dried)
2 tablespoons chopped garlic scapes, about 2–3 scapes (or 2 garlic cloves)
2 tablespoons pine nuts
2–3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
pinch of sea salt

what you do
1. Place micro greens in a food processor. Add garlic scapes (or, peeled and coarsely chopped garlic cloves), pine nuts, and lemon juice and pulse a few times to chop and blend well.
2. Add the Parmesan and slowly add the olive oil while pulsing to reach the consistency you desire. I don’t like pesto to be overly oily, so adjust to your liking. Taste and add a pinch of salt if needed.

Pesto is user-friendly. Be creative.

Peace, love and micro-greens.
Melissa

 

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