Lemon Pistachio Arugula Pesto

This new pesto recipe will change your world! It’s made with pistachios, lemon, arugula, parsley and blended to smooth perfection that goes well with everything!

This Lemon Pistachio Arugula Pesto will change your world!! from willcookforsmiles.com

Have you ever tried something new (food of course) and knew that you were so in love that you had to recreate it immediately?! It happens to me quite often, I try something at a restaurant and I can’t stop thinking about it for days to come. I can’t help but try to figure out the recipe and make it at home, over and over.

This is exactly the feeling I got after trying an amazing new (to me) pesto at a fantastic beach-front restaurant last weekend. Hubs and I had a relaxing weekend at the beach and a wonderful dinner. They served a sampler of spreads with their bread and I fell head-over-hills in love with pistachio arugula pesto. I vowed to make it at home and I did!

Using pistachios in pesto was a genius idea and it was totally worth shelling the nuts for 30 minutes! I also believe that I improved this pesto a little by enhancing the citrus flavor of arugula with an addition of lemon zest and by adding creaminess to this pesto with Parmesan cheese.


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Lemon Pistachio Arugula Pesto
Serves: 1½ cups
  • 1 cup of pistachios, unsalted
  • 2 cups of arugula, packed
  • ½ cup of fresh parsley
  • Zest from ½ lemon
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup grape seed oil (more if you like your pesto thinner)
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  1. Combine your dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add oil and lemon juice and blend until completely mixed and smooth.
  3. Taste to see if you need more salt. Add more oil if desirable.
  4. Keep refrigerated, in an air-tight container.
Recipe from Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to share this recipe, please simply link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.

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  1. says

    What a great idea! I love all the flavors in here–lemon + pistachio is one of my favorite combos! Will have to try this sometime this summer. :)

  2. says

    Can’t wait to try it!! Every time I go into a restaurant I always look for something different. I love trying new recipes and new ways of preparing things. I love using grape oil — very neutral when you use it and it makes the other ingredients shine through.

  3. says

    I’m impressed you shelled all those pistachios. Granted I have definitely done that before because it’s so much cheaper to buy them in their shells. As for the pesto, I love experimenting with new versions. Sounds like yours was a success!

  4. says

    I do the same thing when I eat something delicious. I can’t stop thinking about it for days until I can come up with my own version. It’s really great when you can improve on it! This looks as good as you described it, and your pics are just beautiful, as usual. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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