Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Olivia's Organics Recipe Contest

Last month, Olivia's Organics ran a contest on their Facebook page where at-home cooks had to whip up something using Olivia's Organics salad greens and fresh, seasonal ingredients. The grand prize winner, who will be announced on September 10th, gets their recipe featured on Williams-Sonoma's website, as well as a $500 Williams-Sonoma gift certificate. 

I submitted my recipe for Arugula Pesto with a Kick. The peppery arugula blends beautifully with the pine nuts and tart lemon juice, while the small addition of cayenne gives every mouthful of this pesto a serious kick-in-the-pants bite. 

Arugula Pesto with a Kick
Yields about 2 cups

-2 cups packed Olivia's Organics arugula
-2 cloves garlic
-1/4 cup pine nuts
-2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or Romano cheese)
-Juice of 1/2 a lemon
-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions: Add above ingredients (except for salt and pepper) to food processor and pulse until smooth. Taste, and add salt and black pepper as necessary. Serve over whole wheat pasta, smear on French bread, or simply indulge with a spoon.

This was seriously good pesto. I'll let you know if this ends up being the winning recipe!


  1. I love making pesto with different greens. This arugula pesto looks great!

  2. Thanks, Michelle! It definitely was a winner in my house. ;)