This fresh purslane pesto is made with purslane, a leafy plant that's technically a weed, and something every forager feels lucky to come by. It is great in so many recipes, and due to its growing popularity, you can find it at some farmers markets and specialty grocery stores.
You'll love the slightly tangy, even lemony flavor the purslane brings to this pesto. And it's ready in less than 15 minutes.
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👩🍳 How to make this recipe
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
📋 Purslane FAQs
Wild purslane may be safe to eat, but take great care if you're foraging it yourself, as it's likely to have pesticides or other chemicals on it out in the wild. To be safe, purchase from the farmers market or supermarket, or grow it at home.
Purslane is a great ingredient and safe to eat! It's very versatile and can be used much like you use spinach or watercress.
You could eat all of the purslane, but the tops including the leaves and thin stems taste the best. The medium and large stems don't taste as good, and since it's so abundantly grown and invasive, I don't recommend eating these.
Purslane is a great addition to salads, which is it's most common use. It can also be blended into different sauces like this pesto, use it as a garnish, or in any way you'd use watercress or spinach.
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- 5 oz. purslane leaves stems removed, some small stems OK
- 3 cloves garlic Rough chopped
- ½ cup toasted pine nuts
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ cup parmesan grated
- ¼ teaspoon pepper to taste
- salt to taste
- To trim the purslane, know that the tops taste the best, so remove all the large and medium stems and keep the leaves, tops, and thin stems. Taste the different parts to see which ones you want to keep.
- Quarter or roughly chop the garlic (if you put it in the food processor whole they will not break down)
- Toast pine nuts over medium heat. Keep your eye on them to make sure they don't burn.
- Put the purslane, garlic, pine nuts, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper in the food processor.
- With the food processor on, slowly add the olive oil.
- Finely grate the parmesan into a medium sized bowl. The parmesan is salty so we don't add salt until the end.
- Add the contents of the food processor to the parmesan.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.