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Pesto-style salad dressing. Seriously good stuff.

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It doesn’t have pine nuts; neither does it have grated Parmesan cheese. Ergo, it probably doesn’t really qualify as pesto. But it was made pesto-style. And it is a deliciously smelling and great tasting mixture that’s good for dipping, spreading on bread and drizzling over a salad. If you need to add to its positive points, it’s darn good with pasta too.

Pesto-style salad dressing. Seriously good stuff. | casaveneracion.com

What is it made of? Basil, parsley, lots of garlic, salt, pepper, kalamansi juice and two little extras that transformed it from good to very, very good — sun dried tomatoes and truffle oil.

Pesto-style salad dressing. Seriously good stuff.

If you want to make this dressing, make the greens as the base because the amount of all the other ingredients is based on how much greens you’re using. When measuring the greens, push them down into the measuring cup to pack them up.

I strongly recommend the olive-oil soaked sun-dried tomatoes, preferably seasoned with herbs and spices. Makes a world of difference.

Pesto is traditionally made by hand but it is 2013 — a food processors, blender or even a non-electric food chopper (like what you see in the photo above) will cut the preparation time tremendously.

Pesto-style salad dressing. Seriously good stuff.

Pesto-style salad dressing. Seriously good stuff.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Connie Veneracion

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (with a little of the oil)
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • tablespoons kalamansi juice or lemon or lime juice
  • salt , to taste
  • pepper , to taste
  • light drizzle truffle oil
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Instructions

  • Place everything in the blender or food processor.
  • Pulse several times get the motor running and to roughly chop up all the ingredients.
  • Process for about 30 seconds for a chunky mixture. Process longer for a smoother mixture.
  • Taste, add more salt, pepper or kalamansi juice, if needed. Pulse a couple of times to blend.
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Pesto-style salad dressing. Seriously good stuff.