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Garlic Mustard Pesto

May  6, 2014
Photo by Yossy Arefi
Author Notes

This simple recipe brings out the mildly garlic flavors of this wild invasive herb. Great with pasta or as a salsa for meat or fish. Try to use the light green tips, not the dark green bottom leaves which can be bitter. Adapted from preparation by Roger Ma, Restaurant Daniel. —tama matsuoka wong

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 11 cups lightly packed garlic mustard leaves and tips, loosely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 squeezes lemon juice
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. In a blender, grind the garlic, pine nuts and parmesan.
  2. Add the garlic mustard.
  3. While blending, pour in a steady stream of the olive oil for 1 minutes, or until smooth.
  4. Add salt, sugar, lemon juice and pulse until mixed.

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Tama Matsuoka Wong is the principal at Meadowsandmore, a wild food purveyor and educational studio.