Looking in my refrigerator I saw this big bunch of fresh dill left over making my carrot soup with dill, which really requires very little dill at the end of the day. I hate to waste ingredients, so I decided to make some dill pesto sauce, This pesto sauce should be in every cook's recipe box. It has so many uses, I've just listed a quick ten at the end of this blog, but there are many more , many I'm sure I have not even thought of. If you are ever confronted with some leafy green herb left over such as dill, basil, or parsley consider this pesto sauce to be an easy way to use your herbs. I'm using the classic pine nuts here for texture but you could use any raw or toasted nut you prefer, such as walnut or pistashio.
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Lemon Dill Pesto Sauce
Makes approximately 3/4 cup
1 1/2 cups fresh dill
1/2 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
1 garlic clove, smashed
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons fresh grated parmesan cheese
In a food processor add the dill, parsley, garlic and pine nuts. Process until minced. Add the lemon juice, olive oil , cheese and salt and blend into a smooth paste. If you are not using right away don't add the cheese at this point, you can fold the cheese in to the pesto sauce right before using. You can also use the sauce without the cheese. Depending on personal preferences you might choose to not add the cheese when using with fish.
10 Ways to use Lemon Dill Pesto Sauce
1.Use to top fish, such as salmon.
2. Add to cooked pasta, toss with a little extra pasta cooking water and more grated parmesan.
3. Add to cooked potatoes with more olive oil or mayonnaise to make a salad.
4. Serve with fresh vegetables as a dip.
5. Add to some ricotta cheese and mix, making a nice spread for bread as an appetizer.
6. Use as a spread for a sandwich such as chicken on ciabatta bread.
7. Add to tunafish with mayonnaise for a great tunafish salad.
8. Top a fresh vegetable soup such as carrot or pea.
9. Add to mayonnaise as an alternate to tartar sauce.
10. Add more olive oil and a little mustard to make a salad dressing for your greens