Any tender greens may be substituted for the edible leaves in this salad.
Sorrel's vibrant color and bright lemon flavor have long been favored for delicate soups and sauces. It's also so natural in pesto, which can be spread on flatbread and topped with greens for an unexpected spring appetizer.
Load up on intense flavor, and pare down on calories with less oil, fewer nuts-and more basil. We served this better-for-you pesto over whole-wheat pasta. Since fresh basil is at its peak now, double up on the classic sauce.
In a departure from the standard pizza toppings, grilled dough is spread with basil pesto and scattered with shrimp, sliced tomatoes, and shaved Parmesan. No grill? No problem. Cook this dough in a cast-iron skillet over high heat, or on a preheated sheet pan or pizza stone in a 500-degree oven.
Setting up a panini bar makes assembling sandwiches almost as much fun as eating them. A selection of Italian cold cuts and cheeses, anchovies, freshly made pesto and tapenade, and two kinds of bread ensure that there is a combination to please everyone.
To save time, grill and assemble this layered no-bake "lasagna" beforehand, and then serve it chilled or at room temperature. Cheese lovers can replace the grilled tofu with slices of fresh mozzarella.