Two fresh herb sauces to amp up any meal

All recipes in this post developed by Kate Sherwood, The Healthy Cook

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We’ve left out pungent ingredients (like cheese, onion, and garlic) in these two super-fresh herb sauces, so they’re flexible enough to brighten up almost any dish. Spoon either sauce over fish or chicken. Or toss with vegetables, beans, lentils, or whole grains.

Pistachio Lemon Pesto

Time: 10 minutes

Makes 8 Tbs.

2 cups basil leaves
1 cup flat-leaf parsley
¼ cup roasted salted pistachios
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1½ Tbs. fresh lemon juice
½ tsp. lemon zest
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Put all ingredients into a small food processor. Pulse until uniformly minced, scraping down the sides as needed.

Per serving (2 Tbs.):

  • Calories: 170
  • Total fat: 17 g
  • Sat fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbs: 4 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Total sugar: 2 g
  • Added sugar: 0 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 160 mg

Chimichurri

Time: 10 minutes

Makes 8 Tbs.

2 cups flat-leaf parsley
1 cup cilantro
¼ cup mint leaves
½ serrano pepper, seeded
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1½ Tbs. red wine vinegar
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Put all ingredients into a small food processor. Pulse until uniformly minced, scraping down the sides as needed.

Per serving (2 Tbs.):

  • Calories: 130
  • Total fat: 14 g
  • Sat fat: 2 g
  • Carbs: 3 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Total sugar: 0 g
  • Added sugar: 0 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Sodium: 140 mg

Photo: Jen Urban and Kate Sherwood

The information in this post first appeared in Nutrition Action Healthletter in the June 2018 issue. 

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Enjoy these recipes? Salad Days!—the latest cookbook from Nutrition Action’s Healthy Cook, Kate Sherwood—will help you expand your repertoire with imaginative combinations of greens, vegetables, herbs, whole grains, and proteins. You’ll find healthy variations on classics like Chicken Caesar and Cobb, as well as more adventurous combos like Black Beans & Red Rice with Smoked Paprika Dressing and Sesame Shrimp with Caramelized Shallot Citrus Dressing.

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