Friday, March 4, 2011

Weekly Lunch: Yellow Split Peas with Cilantro Pesto

Is anyone else ready for winter to be over? I am getting pretty tired of root vegetables and squashes, and find myself wanting more fresh and lively meals to brighten my days.

Enter cilantro pesto. One of the many beautiful salads on Heidi Swanson's site is this pepita salad. I made the recipe exactly as she posted it, so I won't repost here. Suffice it to say that this cilantro pesto is totally awesome. Fresh, spicy, nutty, garlicky.

I made a slightly smaller batch of this salad (enough for 3 hearty lunch servings), but made the entire batch of the cilantro-pepita pesto. We made burgers earlier this week and topped them with the extra pesto for another summery meal.

This was my first time cooking with yellow split peas! I'm looking forward to using them in more recipes.

I can't leave well enough alone, so I added a hard boiled egg and a couple of sliced radishes to each serving of salad. I loved having toasted pepitas in both the pesto and sprinkled on top for extra crunch.

And, just for fun, here's my afternoon snack this week (along with an unpictured tangerine). I found LauraJayne's favorite flavor of Laughing Cow and I am so glad she recommended it. I love the hint of smoky spice. 

 What summery foods are you looking forward to?


  1. I do love that queso flavor - it's my favorite. I want to try the Bleu Cheese - but I'm a little worried - Bleu cheese can be WAY to strong sometimes for me! I love the idea of combining it with veggies - I've been in a cheese and crackers mindset for a while!

    I am stocked for summer "desserts" - I am already dreaming of making sugar-free popsicles! Oh, and berries. I could eat blueberries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Oh, and sugar snap peas and fresh garden tomatoes... my list could be never ending!

  2. I'm not the biggest fan of bleu cheese either - I can handle a little bit in a waldorf salad but that's about it.

    I love reading your ideas for summer! Mmm sugar snap peas...

  3. I really need to try cilantro pesto

  4. Esi, this cilantro pesto was great! It had the perfect amount of spiciness.


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