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Garden Fresh Homemade Arugula Pesto

Garden Fresh Homemade Arugula Pesto
Garden Fresh Homemade Arugula Pesto

It's true when they say, "pesto is the besto!" This Garden Fresh Homemade Arugula Pesto dip is the perfect accessory to a slice of crispy French bread. Add some green to your kitchen table by making this extremely easy pesto recipe. Put a yummy twist on this classic Italian sauce by mixing in some fresh arugula leaves. Whether they're grown from your garden out back or bought fresh at the farmer's market, the end result will taste just as delish. Once you have all the ingredients, the food, let your food processor take care of the rest. Talk about an easy appetizer!

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Makes3 of a cup

Preparation Time10 min

Recipe CourseAppetizer

EquipmentFood Processor

Type of DishDip/spread


  • 2 cups arugula leaves
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • A few pinches kosher salt
  • A few pinches black pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil


  1. In a food processor add the arugula, parmesan, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse for 1 minute or longer for the mixture to be well combined.

  2. With the food processor running slowly drizzle the olive oil through the top of the feed tube of the processor until the oil mixes with the other ingredients.

  3. Taste the pesto and add additional salt and pepper if needed.

  4. Serve with grilled chicken, bread or on pasta.

  5. Pesto will keep in the fridge up to two weeks. It also can be frozen in an air tight container.

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I enjoy pesto on potatoes instead of ketchup and also on macaroni noodles as a change from mac cheese.

This pesto was wonderful on grilled chicken pesto sandwiches!

I like pesto at the best of times but I never thought of making it with arugula. I love arugula. It grows easily in the garden. I haven't seen toasted walnuts on the shelf to buy. I battle to toast nuts myself. Can you make this without toasting the nuts?

Sounds like it makes far too much for one person, although "3 of a cup" doesn't mean much to me. Also, I don't like walnuts, do I'm not likely to try this.

I love the peppery taste of arugula. I bet this will taste great on pasta.

I do plan to make it though, I have never tried Pesto but after reading the Ingredients I must say it sounds delish!

Pesto is so versatile. I use it in all sorts of recipes like base for home made pizza and a simple sauce in various pasta dishes. I even have a pesto dip recipe. I am growing a large basil plant in my back yard and hope to get a good harvest for pesto later in the summer.

I am not going to wait for xmas to try this


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