Wild ramp pesto with walnut oil
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 1 cup
- 1 bunch wild ramps
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup walnut oil, divided or sub EVOO
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp nutritional yeast optional
- salt & pepper, to taste
Thoroughly clean ramps. Separate green leaves from white/ pink roots.
Place a saute pan over medium high heat, toast the walnuts 3 to 5minutes. Keep a close eye, walnuts go from toasty to burnt quickly. Add toasted walnuts to blender or food processor. Give it a quick whirl to to break up the pieces.
Return pan to stove, reduce heat to medium. Add 1-2 tbsp of walnut oil to the pan. Add green and white ramp parts, saute 3 to 5 minutes until soften. Move to blender.
Add green ramp leaves, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and pinch of salt to blender. Pulse to combine. Slowly add the walnut oil while blending on high speed. Start with a 1/3 cup of walnut oil and add more, if needed, to get to desired consistency.
Adjust salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.
AIP compliant, omit black pepper
It is optional to blanch the green ramp leaves. I only do this if I am making the pesto ahead of time and want to ensure it stays a vibrant green.
Pesto will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator.