Put this versatile pesto on the table alongside a mixed grill. It's tasty with both lamb chops and chicken legs, shrimp and grilled vegetables, and, of course, served with pasta. Miso gives this pesto a remarkably savory, almost cheesy flavor, and keeps the sauce vegan for those avoiding animal products.
Why It WorksA vegan pesto with a savory punch.
- Miso provides a savory backbone in place of cheese, giving the sauce deep flavor without the dairy.
- A variety of herbs creates a well-rounded, bold, fresh green flavor.
- 1 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves (about 1 ounce; 30g)
- 1 cup lightly packed basil leaves (about 1 ounce; 30g)
- 3/4 cup lightly packed parsley leaves (about 3/4 ounce; 20g)
- 1/4 cup lightly packed mint leaves (about 1/4 ounce; 10g)
- 1/4 cup shelled pistachios or walnuts (1 ounce; 35g)
- 1 small to medium clove garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (7ml) miso
- 1/2 cup (120ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if desired
- 2 teaspoons (10ml) fresh juice from 1 lemon
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a food processor, pulse together cilantro, basil, parsley, mint, nuts, garlic, and miso until finely chopped, about 20 pulses, scraping down sides of the processor bowl about halfway through. With the machine on, drizzle in olive oil and lemon juice; add more oil if you desire a thinner sauce. Season with salt and pepper (be careful, as miso is also salty).
The pesto can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days.