The most common pesto you see is basil pesto, which is delicious and flavorful in its own right. But did you know that you can make pesto with parsley?
I love the flavor of basil pesto, but I also think it's fun to switch things up sometimes. I'm always trying to use parsley in more recipes besides only using it as a garnish. Parsley has a great freshness to it. And making it into a pesto is a great way to utilize that flavor without cooking any of the nutrients off.
Making this is simple in a blender or food processor. There is no chopping involved, and everything is created in one bowl. If you don't have one of those kitchen gadgets, this can still be made. It will just take a little extra time chopping everything extremely fine.
This pesto would be great on pasta, fish, chicken, or as a dip for crusty bread. You can even use it as a replacement for basil pesto in my Italian Sausage and Pesto Pasta or my Pesto Orzo with Capers and Tomatoes.
Parsley and Lemon Pesto
- Food processor
- 1 cup parsley
- 1 clove garlic
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ lemon zested
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place all of your ingredients into a food processor.
- Blend all of your ingredients together until well combined, and a slight paste is formed.
- Serve with pasta, bread, or anything else!