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.

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).


Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

sounds good

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Thanks for the recipe.

Angela N.
Angela N.4 years ago

thanks a lot!!

J.L. A.
JL A.4 years ago


Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec4 years ago

Looks good! Thanks for sharing. Will try it.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Francisco W.
Francisco W.5 years ago