ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

Pesto

Yield MAKES 1 CUP
Store-bought pesto is perfectly acceptable for this rice salad (that's what we used), but if you'd like to make it yourself, here's an easy, delicious version.

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

How to Make It

  1. In a blender or food processor, mince the garlic and basil with the salt.

  2. With the machine on, add the olive oil in a thin stream. Continue running the machine until the mixture is smooth, scraping down the ingredients if necessary. Add the pine nuts and Parmesan and blend or process until the nuts are chopped.

Quick From Scratch Soups & Salads