Monday, January 9

Cilantro Pepita Pesto by Melissa Graham

Part of One Seed Chicago's mission is to encourage healthy eating habits among our participants. We want you to grow what you eat, and to achieve that goal we're partnering with chefs and foodies who share our values and appreciation of homegrown food. Chefs will be providing original recipes featuring the 2012 One Seed Chicago candidates. We hope these recipes will inspire you and show you how easy it is to take One Seed Chicago from your garden to your table.

Cilantro Pepita Pesto recipe
Copyright Melissa Graham
Tomato, Avocado and Red Onion Salad with Cilantro Pesto
Serves 2-4

1 large heirloom tomato, sliced 1/3-inch thick
1 avocado, sliced 1/4-inch
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 small bunch cilantro
1 large garlic clove
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
kosher salt

Puree the last five ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Intersperse the tomato, avocado and red onion on a platter. Dab the salad with gobs of cilantro pesto (you'll have extra of this, you can either save it for remaining tomato salads or freeze it for the dark winter months).

About Melissa Graham

Melissa Graham, a former attorney, is the founding Executive Director of Purple Asparagus, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to educating families about all things associated with good eating, eating that's good for the body and the planet. Though its Delicious Nutritious Adventures program, Purple Asparagus has taught thousands of parents and children about healthful, sustainable eating in schools, community centers, and farmers' markets throughout Chicago and the suburbs.

Melissa speaks and writes regularly on child nutrition and sustainability both in the Chicago community and online, blogging at Little Locavores, as The Sustainable Cook on The Local Beet, and as a regularcontributor to Kiwi Magazine’s KiwiLog and Williams-Sonoma’s Blender blog. In recognition of her contributions to the Chicago community, the Chicago Tribune awarded her a 2011 Good Eating Award, an honor previously bestowed to Rick Bayless, Alinea chef Grant Achatz, and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Melissa resides in Chicago with her husband and 7-year old son in a rowhouse built in 1896.

1 comment:

  1. this recipe sounds super yummy. i can't wait to try it this summer. i will probably use raw pumpkin seeds as i love them and don't want to toast away and goodness.

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