Vicia celebrates vegetable-forward cuisine, which spotlights beloved yet underutilized vegetables, making use of all their parts. In its three-course Farmers Feast, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and fresh, inventive recipes will flip your concept of modern dining.
Since the beginning, the vegetable top pesto has stood out on the menu. Bright and flavorful, the spread utilizes the leafy green tops of vegetables such as carrots, radishes and turnips, which often end up in the trash. Throw in the herbs from your garden, and you’ve got an unforgettable dish that will surely delight dinner guests.
Michael and Tara Gallina, the husband-and-wife duo behind Take Root Hospitality (Vicia, Bistro La Floraison, Winslow’s Table and Taqueria Morita), encourage you to get creative when you make the pesto at home. At Vicia, it’s served with raw, unadorned vegetables, while Winslow’s Table layers it with whipped ricotta and marinated tomatoes for a tasty tartine.
The vegetable top pesto also works well in pasta. Mix a dollop of pesto with a few glugs of pasta water, add a pat of butter and a sprinkle of Parmesan and stir until a creamy herb sauce forms.
Now, let’s start cooking!
2 cups vegetable tops (carrot, radish, turnip)2 cups basil1 cup parsley½ cup pumpkin seeds, unsalted6 cloves garlic, peeled juice of 4 lemons1 cup extra-virgin olive oil salt, to taste freshly ground black pepper, to taste
| Preparation | In a blender or food processor, add vegetable tops, basil, parsley, pumpkin seeds, garlic and lemon juice; blend, approximately 15 seconds.
With blender or food processor on low speed, slowly pour in olive oil until pesto has emulsified. You might need more oil to get a smooth consistency. Season with salt and black pepper.
Taste and adjust flavor by adding more salt, black pepper or lemon juice.
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