Basil Dandelion Pesto
Dandelion is an alterative herb; it enhances digestion (especially fat), improves cholesterol metabolism, and helps to remove excess hormones from the body. It's also a liver antimicrobial. So if you're looking to add some gentle cleansing foods into your diet, dandelion is a great place to start. Dandelion is a bitter herb, which is especially great for pitta and kapha dosha, but vata can benefit too, especially when the leaves are cooked and balanced out with some hardy fats.
I love the taste and health benefits of dandelion, as a pitta person myself, and pesto is one of my favorite toppings for veggies, pasta, eggs, and more. Adding dandelion to the pesto makes it that much more nutrient-dense while targeting my own specific needs for balance.
Here's what you need:
Two cups chopped dandelion leaves
2.5 cups chopped basil leaves
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 garlic cloves roughly chopped
2 1/3 cups pine nuts
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
Dash of pepper
Here's what you'll do:
Once you've chopped and prepared the ingredients as stated above, combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste test your pesto to make sure it fits your own preferences, and add more of anything that your tastebuds tell you it needs.