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Carrot & Zucchini Ribbons with Pistachio Pesto

By: Hannah Lee Leidy
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This zesty and exciting carrot & zucchini salad is anything but a lame side vegetable dish. Using a unique combination of flavors from miso, goat cheese, pistachios, and basil, this tangy treat is sure to brighten up any table.

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4-6 servings

    For the lemony pistachio pesto:
  • ½ cup roasted and salted pistachios
  • 2 ounces fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (approximately 1 lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest (approximately 1 lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon miso paste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • roughly chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • For the salad:
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 4 medium zucchinis
  • ⅓ cup roasted and salted pistachios
  • Optional: ½ cup crumbled goat cheese (4 ounces),Salt to taste
  1. Make the pesto: Combine all ingredients (including olive oil) in a food processor and pulse until it forms desired consistency. Scrape the sides as needed.
  2. Make the salad: Peel outer layer of carrots and remove tips and bottoms; discard. In a large mixing bowl, use vegetable peeler to make carrot “ribbons.” Set aside. Repeat this process with zucchini, stopping when you reach the seeds. Toss carrot and zucchini ribbons with pesto, starting with ½ cup and adding as desired.
  3. Roughly chop remaining ⅓ cup pistachios add to the bowl, along with crumbled goat cheese. Gently toss to coat and taste for more salt, then add accordingly.
  • From Laura Lea Bryant. Adapted with permission from Simply Laura Lea: Balanced Recipes for Everyday Living, by Laura Lea Bryant. Published by Blue Hill Press, 2019.

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