Is your garden overflowing with zucchinis? Tired of making endless zucchini bread and muffins? This Zucchini Pesto is a great way to use up your end of summer zucchinis! You can pair it with some crusty bread as a crostini or veggies for a fresh and light snack for a hot summer day. You could also spiralize some zucchini and toss it with the pesto for a seriously zucchini-y dinner.
What you’ll need:
3 medium zucchini (about 1 pound)
2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup shredded basil
1/2 cup Marcona almonds, finely chopped
1 tablespoon thyme leaves, chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
1 loaf fresh, crusty bread, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Using a box grater, coarsely grate the zucchini. Place the shredded zucchini in the middle of a clean kitchen towel, and sprinkle with the 2 teaspoons of salt. Let sit for 5 minutes, then squeeze the towel to remove excess moisture. Repeat until as much liquid as possible has been released, then transfer the zucchini to a bowl.
Add the garlic, basil, almonds, thyme, parmesan, lemon juice, lemon zest, and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil to the zucchini; toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and refrigerate for an hour.
Just before serving, drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the bread and grill or broil the bread until toasted, then let cool.
Top each slice of bread with about a tablespoon of the zucchini pesto, and serve immediately. Enjoy!