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East Meets West: Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed

Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed, an excellent Asian fusion pesto sauce perfect for for a dip or to serve with pasta

East Meets West: Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed by FamilySpice.com

I’m a huge fan of the traditional Italian pesto sauce. It’s so versatile and can be used in pasta, salad dressings, even pizza. I’m always surprised when I find young kids eating pesto sauce. We don’t give our kids or their taste buds much credit.

In an effort to mix things up and make our meals more healthy, I’m sharing a twist on my beloved pesto, this Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seeds. A little asian fusion.

Prep for East Meets West: Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed by FamilySpice.com

The green base is made with cilantro and baby bok choy. I’ve also added garlic, ginger, olive oil, and sesame oil. It smells heavenly!

You can use this pesto sauce with regular ‘ole spaghetti or even some chow mein or udon noodles, to keep things interesting.

East Meets West: Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed by FamilySpice.com

My kids loved this sauce. Again, any pesto you come up with is so versatile. You can even use it as a dipping sauce with some pita bread.

East Meets West: Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed by FamilySpice.com

Thank you, Frieda’s Produce for the beautiful bok choy!

Bok Choy by FamilySpice.com

Bok Choy Pesto with Cilantro and Black Sesame Seed

Author:

Laura Bashar

Bok Choy makes an excellent Asian fusion pesto sauce perfect for for a dip or to serve with pasta. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 4 small bok choy
  • 2 cup cilantro, fresh, loosely packed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 in ginger, fresh
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp sesame seed

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, purée until smooth:
    • 4 small bok choy
    • 2 cup cilantro, fresh , loosely packed
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1 in ginger, fresh
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp black pepper, ground
  2. While the machine is running, mix in until sauce is smooth and creamy:
    • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 tsp sesame oil
  3. Transfer sauce to a bowl and stir in by hand:
    • 2 tsp sesame seed

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: Serve as an appetizer with bread, or mix with your favorite pasta.

Prep Time:

Yield: 6 servings