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Broccoli Cilantro Pesto with Heirloom Tomatoes and Aged Manchego.

January 15, 2010
0 Ratings
  • Makes about two cups of Pesto
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

What You'll Need
  • 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.

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9 Reviews

coffeefoodwrite April 22, 2010
How did I miss this? this looks amazing! Can't wait to try it...
Helenthenanny January 16, 2010
Oh! I forgot to mention that I stole the cilantro from arielleclementine's garden!!
Babette's F. January 16, 2010
Very interesting pesto. I love the way you made up the dish. Thanks for posting it.
Helenthenanny January 16, 2010
Thank you, I appreciate it!
Helenthenanny January 16, 2010
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 : )
Helenthenanny January 15, 2010
Thank you Suzanne!! I hope you like it!
TasteFood January 15, 2010
This sounds lovely.
Helenthenanny January 16, 2010
Thank you TasteFood!
TheWimpyVegetarian January 15, 2010
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.