Pesto is one of the easiest, yet most impressive sauces to make! Even a complete newbie in the kitchen can make a delightful pesto sauce if using quality ingredients. If you can make a smoothie, you can make pesto!
Great ingredients are the key to great pesto. This is true of most food recipes, but is especially true of uncooked dishes such as salads, smoothies and uncooked sauces like pesto! I recently received samples of Calolea Californian Extra Virgin Olive Oil to feature in my blog. On first taste I knew it would be perfect for pesto and for a variety of salad dressings! I used the Mission Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Calolea.
Recipe: Zesty Pesto Sauce
Serving Suggestions for Zesty Pesto Sauce:
Pesto is highly versatile and delicious! Serving ideas:
- Tossed over pasta (or vegetable “pasta”) or fresh vegetables
- In a quesedilla
- As a sauce for any lightly flavored protein – chicken, fish, tofu, eggs
- As a sandwich spread in a Mediterranean themed sandwich
- Mix a little pesto into olive oil for a delightful salad dressing
- Use it as a sauce in lasagna (see my previously published Pesto Zucchini No-Pasta Lasagna Featuring Quorn)
About Caloea Olive Oil:
The Calolea Olive Oils that I tasted were light and delicious. I must admit that I like olive oil and I like stronger flavors such as garlic and chilli peppers so to my palette many olive oils do taste light. I also used a sample of Calolea’s garlic infused olive oil and their 12-year-old balsamic vinegar to make a wonderful vinegar and oil dressing. Overall, I am impressed with Calolea and will seek it out the future.
“Michael Keller, the founder and owner of Calolea is one of California’s early harvest pioneers. Through experimentation Michael discovered how special it can be to experience the flavors of the early harvest olive oil. It is clear that Michael values quality over quantity as he strives to present his product to its fullest potential. That being said he does see opportunities for the later harvest olives as well. The later harvest olives yield a greater quantity of oil that is milder in flavor which invites the infusion of fresh ingredients such as Meyer Lemon, Blood Orange, Garlic and Habanero ” (Quote from Publicity Materials)
For more information about Calolea Californian Olive Oils, visit calolea.com. Their website contains recipes, an online shop, store locator and information about their unique tasting room.
Other Product Credits:
The cutting board featured in photographs is from Just Bamboo, it is part of their 3 cutting board set from Amazon (affiliate link to follow) – product listing here.
The mini-food processor is a 4 Cup Mini-Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor from Cuisinart. I have had it for years and it is still going strong. – product listing here.