1/2 cup Marcona almonds, toasted
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup basil leaves
1/4 cup fresh tarragon leaves
1/8 cup fresh mint leaves
1/16 cup fresh chervil leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Garlic-rubbed crostini, optional
Heirloom tomatoes, chopped, optional
Blend the almonds and garlic in a food processor until fine. Add the spinach, cheese, herbs, lemon zest and lemon juice to the food processor. Blend the herbs just enough so they are mixed, about 3 seconds. Add the canola oil and olive oil while the food processor is on a low setting. Season with salt and pepper. Blend to desired consistency. Transfer the pesto to a serving bowl. Place the chopped tomatoes on top of the crostini if using and top with pesto. Any leftover pesto should be placed in a bowl and covered with plastic wrap. Press the plastic wrap right on top of the pesto and refrigerate.
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