Broccoli Cilantro Pesto with Heirloom Tomatoes and Aged Manchego.

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Author Notes: Broccoli is my favorite vegetable and I think it really shines in this pesto. Along with tomatoes, a few red onion rings, and a drizzle of olive oil, I think it is really wonderful. I hope you like it too!Helenthenanny

Makes about two cups of pesto

  • 1 crown of broccoli
  • 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup or so of fresh cilantro, washed and destemmed
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2 ounces Manchego, Aged 9-12 months
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus a little more for drizzling at the end
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 3 heirloom tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  1. Steam the broccoli crown until it is just about tender. Cut the florets from the stalk and put the florets into your hand blender or food processor. Add the minced garlic, cliantro, pine nuts. Crumble in one ounce of the Manchego. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and pulse until it is pesto. Salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Layer the broccoli pesto, tomato slices, and garnish with the red onion rings. Drizzle some olive oil on top. I used a microplane to grate the remainder of the Manchego over the broccoli pesto and tomatoes to finish.
  3. Eat.

Tags: broccoli, cilantro, manchego, pine nuts

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almost 5 years ago coffeefoodwritergirl

How did I miss this? this looks amazing! Can't wait to try it...


over 5 years ago Helenthenanny

Oh! I forgot to mention that I stole the cilantro from arielleclementine's garden!!


over 5 years ago Babette's Feast

Very interesting pesto. I love the way you made up the dish. Thanks for posting it.


over 5 years ago Helenthenanny

Thank you, I appreciate it!


over 5 years ago Helenthenanny

Babette's Feast, I keep trying to be your fan, but it won't let me! Boo! Is it on purpose or bewitched? I've tried a few times over the last few weeks. Anyway, I wanted you to know : )


over 5 years ago Helenthenanny

Thank you Suzanne!! I hope you like it!


over 5 years ago TasteFood

This sounds lovely.


over 5 years ago Helenthenanny

Thank you TasteFood!


over 5 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Very different approach to a broccoli dish - I love it. I'll bet tastes just great! I have all the ingredients and think I'll try it this weekend. Thanks for posting.