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Want To Make Italian Pesto With Walnuts?

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ONEMAN SHOW DESCRIBES HOW TO MAKE AN ITALIAN PESTO. A non-typical way to make a traditional bread spread using SWEET ITALIAN Basil and CALIFORNIA walnuts instead of traditional pine nuts.
Ingredients
For salmon
  Salmon fillet 1
  Olive oil 2 Teaspoon
  Italian seasoning 1 Teaspoon
For salad
  Iceberg lettuce head 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Balsamic vinaigrette 2 Tablespoon
For italian pesto
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Extra virgin olive oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Green hot chili pepper 4
  Garlic 8 Clove (40 gm)
  Basil leaves 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Italian)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Walnuts 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
  Parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
  Sourdough bread slice 2 (to serve)
Directions

FOR SALMON
MAKING
1. In a bowl, place the salmon fillet and add olive oil and Italian seasoning. Marinate well. Cover the marinated salmon in a foil.
2. Grill the salmon on both sides until done.

SERVING
3. Recipe follows.

FOR SALAD
MAKING
4. In a bowl, place the iceberg lettuce. Pour balsamic vinaigrette and combine with lettuce.

SERVING
5. Recipe follows.

FOR ITALIAN PESTO
MAKING
6. In a blender, add lemon juice, olive oil, green chilies, garlic, Italian basil, salt, black pepper and walnuts.
7. Blend to a smooth paste. Transfer it to a dish and add parmesan cheese. Mix well.
8. Apply 1 ½ teaspoon of pesto on each sourdough bread slice.

SERVING
9. Serve the Grilled Salmon with Italian Pesto, Sourdough Bread and Lettuce Salad. Have some California merlot wine and enjoy the dinner!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Grilling
Ingredient: 
Salmon
Interest: 
Party
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes
Servings: 
4
For Italian food lovers, here is another easy to make Italian meal choice which can be prepared in moment and served with delight. Tasty and spicy Grilled Salmon, Lettuce Salad, Bread with Pesto & Wine can be ideal for any parties or get together. Even for weight watchers, this can be a delightful way to savor the goodness of Italian food.

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2 Comments

foodpsychologist's picture
Thanks for this Italian Pesto With California Walnuts. It certainly looks an interesting variation from the pine nuts dish. The video's not playing in y browser. So I thought of asking you, are California walnuts different from normal walnuts ?
shantihhh's picture
As 95% of the walnuts available in the US are grown in California they are often called California walnuts, but in fact they are English walnuts or Juglans Regia. The English walnut is grafted on to hardy Black Walnut rootstock. There are over 30 varieties of walnuts grown in California; however, two varieties—Chandler and Hartley—account for nearly 60 percent of total production. http://www.walnuts.org/walnuts101/faq.php I have two different walnut trees growing in my yard both grafted. One produces enormous sized walnuts-they keep the squirrels happy as do the acorns on the oak trees. I do not spray so they often have worms inside plus take so much work to dry, peel, crack, and lift out the meat. The squirrels love them!