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Farm Fresh and Chilled! Julienne Summer Squash with Basil and Purslane Pesto

August 17th, 2012 at Fri, 17th, 2012 at 8:01 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie

Hot Summer days and nights call for easy no cooking meals.
I have the perfectly chilled and delicious solution fresh from my local farm!

All you need is a few simple ingredients, 
a julienne tool or knife skills and approximately 10 minutes.


Julienne Summer Squash with Basil and Purslane Pesto
serves 2 - 4 as a side dish

1 cup fresh Organic basil
1/2 cup purslane
1/4 + Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup walnuts or pine nuts
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp lemon juice

2 large Summer Squash or Zucchini ... or both!


Use a julienne tool or your knife to make small spaghetti like strips 
from the squash and set aside in a chilled bowl.

Use a food processor to make the pesto.

Add the basil, purslane, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, lemon juice and pulse or chop to desired texture.
I made this a little thicker but if you want it thinner add more olive oil.

The pesto not only tastes great but is highly nutritious!
Try my new twist on Pesto made with 
Purslane, one of the most nutritious vegetables you can eat, 
packed with plant proteins and the highest source of omega 3! 
In addition, the Summer Squash - yellow or zucchini 
are a good source of potassium, vitamin C and fiber.


Please note that I didn't use garlic in this recipe as a traditional pesto.  
I wanted to be able to taste the fresh, slightly minty, green and somewhat bitter flavors from the farm.
I used lemon juice to brighten the flavors and preserve it if there were leftovers ... 
of which there were none!

Plate the summer squash, top with pesto, a fresh sprig of purslane and ground black pepper!


Another variation which is equally delightful ...
add Organic tomatoes tossed in Extra Virgin Olive Oil to get the full antioxidant benefit!


Stay cool ....

Salud!

Lisa






Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at glutenfreefoodies@gmail.com Original blog - GlutenFreeFoodies.co After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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