A few weekends ago, I was looking to make an easy lunch for E and me. We had all the makings of a great caprese sandwich: fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and two Trader Joe’s Soft Pretzel Sticks. The only thing missing was homemade pesto!
Unfortunately, I didn’t have any basil or pine nuts in the house. I did, however, have half a bag of Trader Joe’s Sorrento Salad Mix in the refrigerator. Greens are greens, so I decided to make a pesto out of the salad mix with fresh garlic and some slivered almonds I keep in the freezer for emergencies just like this. The pesto was AMAZING. It was seasoned perfectly and was very garlicky, which is something both E and I enjoy. E and I ate the leftover pesto (what little was left) with our fingers, directly out of the jar!
Trader Joe’s Sorrento Salad Mix, 1/2 bag
Garlic, 4 cloves, smashed
Slivered Almonds, 1/2 cup
Sea Salt, 1 teaspoon
Fresh Ground Pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
Parmesan Cheese, 1/4 cup
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (“EVOO”)
- Place all of the ingredients, except for the EVOO, into the food processor. Pulse until everything is finely chopped.
- Slowly drizzle in the EVOO until the pesto is smooth.
- Spread the pesto on both sides of the pretzel stick and then layer on the tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.