Updated: October 13th, 2020
Basil is the main ingredient in this versatile summer dish. A native of India, basil comes in more than 50 varieties. Its pungent, warming, and restorative qualities are especially helpful for alleviating stomach-related complaints. This recipe was provided by Eleonora Gafton, chef and clinical herbalist intern at MUIH.
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1 ½ cups wild herb (dandelion, nettles, watercress, chickweed, or wild sorrel)
  • ¾ cup olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • ¾ cup shredded parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast)
  • ½ cup pine nuts (or walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds)
  • 6 large cloves garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish with diced tomatoes (optional)

Place all ingredients in a blender. Starting on low speed, blend well. For a coarse texture, do not use high speed. For a smooth texture, increase the speed of the blender. Serve with your favorite crackers, raw veggies, or pasta dish. The possibilities are endless!