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Lions, Tigers and Herbs: Tomato Basil Pistou Recipe

The mixture of vine-ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and a hint of orange rind gives this combination a light, refreshing flavor. It can be served warm or cold with avocado, poultry, or pasta; it also makes a colorful garnish.

Makes 21/2 to 3 cups

  • 6 ‘Roma’ or other paste tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
  • 6 large basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup aged red wine vinegar
  • Salt and white pepper to taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well, then chill, covered, for at least 2 hours or overnight.


Laura Daily of Snowmass Village, Colorado, takes cooking lessons whenever she can. She enjoys grilling year round, even in the snow.

By Laura Daily

Published on Feb 23, 2011

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