I get super happy when I bring home produce from the farmer’s market and can create a new delicious recipe. I was honestly surprised at how tasty and addictive this Charred Green Beans With Vegan Pesto dish was. I bought a combination of yellow wax beans and green beans and I wanted to grill them to impart a smoky flavor. Alas, when I went to turn on my grill I saw that we ran out of propane so I prepared the beans in a frying pan on high heat, and it was delicious even before I added the vegan pesto. The pesto was prepared simply with purple basil (you can substitute green), roasted salted sunflower seeds, garlic, olive oil and nutritional yeast. The nutritional yeast imparts a cheesy flavor and a lot of umami.
I spread the pesto on a plate, topped it with the beans and then added more pesto on top. The plate was licked clean. And it was only two of us!
Toss beans with one tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Grill on high heat or in a frying pan until charred a bit but still crunchy.
Remove from heat.
Add basil, sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup oil, garlic, nutritional yeast and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a food processor.
Process until ground.
Spread pesto on a plate, top with beans and then drizzle more pesto on top.