Put the olives, olive oil, mint, shallot, and lemon juice in a food processor. Process, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula after a couple of seconds, until the mixture is smooth. Season the pesto to taste with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
• Spread on toast points and top with slices of smoked salmon.
• Toss with penne, grilled chicken, and grilled pepper strips.
• Serve as a dip with pita chips and chopped fresh parsley.
• Serve with potato salad, as in Warm Roasted Potato Salad with Black Olive & Mint Pesto
nutrition information (per serving):
per 1/4 cup;
Photo: Scott Phillips