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November 5, 2007

Pasta Salad with Coriander Pesto



I'd mentioned in a post that we'd started eating salads for lunch and I didn't post the other simple recipes for salad since then. So here's something that has been pending for 2 months now while I have been posting about cakes and kheer and pizza!





I had made pesto sauce with basil several times after the chef at Earth, the Italian lounge S and I can't have enough of, taught me how to make it. I don't use pine nuts, but use cashews instead. While walking down the aisles of Morning Stores, a specialty store in GK I, I noticed coriander pesto in their sauce section. That gave me an idea. I came home and a few days later I made this lovely salad for lunch.






1 cup Pasta, boiled
1 cup Capsicum, cut into strips
1/2 cup Baby Corn, cut into long pieces
1/4 cup Broccoli, cut into florets and steamed


For the Coriander Pesto:


1 cup Coriander leaves
1 cube Low Fat Cheese
2 tbsp Cashews
2 pods Garlic
3 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Grind together all the ingredients for the pesto. Toss the vegetables and pasta in the sauce.

This sauce makes a lovely spread for crackers and toast as well and in my opinion would make a great dip. The coriander flavour is lovely and I will be making this sauce more often as a pasta sauce as well.

16 comments:

Happy cook said...

Wow this is a real clever idea to make pesto with corriander. It looks delicious

Asha said...

Very unique pesto but Pasta with it looks sooo delicious!! Good one Raaga dearest!:))

Kribha said...

I love pesto sauce than marinara. Your recipe sounds cool and the pic looks great too. YUM.

Saju said...

I love this Raaga! Delious pesto! great pics too.

Erin said...

This looks really tasty. I love the idea of coriander pesto!

Puspha said...

Yummy yummy

sunita said...

Beautiful salad :-)

Raaga said...

Thanks all of you... Do let me know if you try it out :-)

SUGARCRAFT INDIA said...

Great salad Raga...and will definitely try it out.
Will look forward to meeting you in Delhi sometime.
You can look for the confetti stuff in Khan Market / INA market...

Sia said...

u surely eating healthy raaga. i need such inspirations:)

Siri said...

Loved the salad raaga.. esp the sauce.. a definite try.. looks delish unlike other dry salads..:)

Aaarti said...

hey

this is nice.. me do it little different cos i dont like coriander(atleast in raw or chutney form)..

i make mine using dried- basil,walnuts,olive oil,garlic, 1-2 small boiled tomatoes, 2red chillies(soaked in hot water)... grind em and its awesome tasting...love it in pasta n salads...

:)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

This is a great recipe!! Bookmarking it, and I'm def gonna try this one out.. thanx fr the recipe

Katie said...

Mmmm... that looks divine!

Namratha said...

I'm so hungry right now that even this gorgeous Salad will do!! Love it, sorry missed your posts earlier...I will surely stop by more often now :)

TBC said...

Coriander pesto? Wow! that sounds wonderful. I make a lot of pasta and pesto but this pesto is not something I've tried. I've got to make this when I get a chance.