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Festive Cucumber-Pesto Rounds Recipe

Festive Cucumber-Pesto Rounds Recipe

Fragrant, summery basil pesto paired with crisp cucumber rounds make a lively summer meal, pretty as a picture, perfect for parties, festive, fresh, and delicious. All that and they’re easy to make, too!

12 cucumber rounds
1/4 cup creamy goat cheese
1/3 cup Basil Pesto (see recipe below)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds or pine nuts

1. Cover each cucumber round with cheese, leaving edges of cucumber to show. Spread the pesto over the cheese, leaving the edges of cheese to show the layered colors. Sprinkle each cucumber round with fresh-shelled sunflower seeds or pine nuts.

Serves 4.

Basil Pesto

2 cps fresh basil leaves
2 large garlic cloves
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 Tablespoons Romano cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
1/3 cup cold-pressed olive oil
2 Tablespoons hempseed oil
cayenne pepper and salt to taste

Process basil, garlic, cheese, and nuts in a food processor. With the machine running, add the oils slowly and season to taste.

Makes about 1 cup.

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Adapted from “The Seasonal Detox Diet” by Carrie L’Esperance (Inner Traditions, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Carrie L'Esperance. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from “The Seasonal Detox Diet” by Carrie L’Esperance (Inner Traditions, 2002).

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3:01PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

sounds good

1:47AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Thank you :)

6:05AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks for the recipe.

1:50PM PDT on May 29, 2012

thanks a lot!!

12:26PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012


3:51PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Looks good! Thanks for sharing. Will try it.

12:26PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Thank you

10:12PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

1:15AM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:37AM PDT on Jul 19, 2011


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