A simple salad of rocket, parmesan and homemade pesto. You can change the leaves, use different cheese make a different dressing. It really is flexible and can be tweaked to your taste.
Ingredients - 6 side portions approx
1 bag rocket
25g pine nuts
25g parmesan or vegetarian alternative
75ml olive oil
1 garlic clove
25g parmesan, grated or shaved
Make the pesto in a food processor.
Lightly toast the pine nuts in a pan or on a tray in the oven.
In the processor blend all the pine nuts, basil,
garlic, parmesan and oil.
Wash the rocket if required and dry with paper towel.
Grate or shave the parmesan.
Make up the salad by tossing the rocket, pesto and parmesan.
The pesto can be made with ifferent herbs other than basil. Like coriander, parsley, tarragon or even rocket. Other nuts can be used as well, almonds, cashew, walnuts. You could even make an Oriental
version with coriander, chili, garlic, peanuts, lime, sunflower oil and a dash of fish sauce. Homemade pesto is a great thing to have in the fridge, it can be used for simple pasta dishes, its a great topping on grilled fish with breadcrumbs sprinkled
on it to create a super tasty pesto crust. It's also brilliant with roasted or BBQ'd lamb. To be fair pesto is one of those foods that goes with almost everything!