Grilled Squash with Cilantro-Pecan Pesto

Grilled Squash with Cilantro-Pecan Pesto

Recipe Rating: 3.70399
Serves 4 to 6
This melt-in-your-mouth squash provides a colorful accompaniment to other grilled fare, and the cilantro-pecan pesto is a fun change from traditional basil pesto. Grilling the sauce mellows the garlic and cilantro, allowing the full flavor of the squash to shine through. 
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup packed fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon umeboshi or ume plum vinegar (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 2 zucchini
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Toast pine nuts in a heavy skillet on medium heat until fragrant and golden brown. Repeat for pecans. Combine pine nuts, pecans, garlic, cilantro and ume vinegar in a food processor. Pulse until fine and well mixed. With food processor running, slowly add oil. Mix a few times by hand to thoroughly combine pesto.

Spray olive oil cooking spray or lightly rub olive oil onto grill grate to prevent sticking. Preheat grill to medium heat.

Cut squash and zucchini lengthwise. Make 3 or so hatch marks on cut sides and rub pesto onto cut sides of squash. Grill squash for about 5 minutes on each side or until golden grill marks appear and squash is soft. Remove and serve with extra pesto on the side if desired.

Ingredient option: If you would prefer to include Parmesan in the pesto and make this non-vegan, remove the umeboshi vinegar and replace with 1/2 cups of Parmesan cheese and salt to taste.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 150 calories (130 from fat), 15g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 5g carbohydrates, (2 g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 3g protein.
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