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Lemon Pepper Arugula and Cashew Pesto

Yes, I am a total slacker. If any of you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I posted this pic months ago with the promise of a recipe coming soon. This Lemon Pepper Arugula and Cashew Pesto is a great recipe if you have excess arugula from the garden. That was the original inspiration.

Well, I suppose it depends on your definition of “soon”. I mean, it’s been under a year. So now here we are, and I’m about to share a pesto recipe that I actually like better than the traditional basil pesto.

The flavors of this Lemon Pepper Arugula and Cashew Pesto come from very few ingredients, which combine to make a super flavor packed sauce. Arugula has a natural peppery flavor, and when you add fresh lemon juice it creates such a bright, delicious pesto. And I like to use cashews in this instead of pine nuts for a smoother balance.

How to Make Lemon Pepper Arugula and Cashew Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups fresh arugula
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 oz parmesan – whole, not grated, crumble it up into chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Put all the ingredients EXCEPT the olive oil in a food processor or blender (arugula, cashews, lemon juice, parmesan, garlic, salt
  2. Pulse the ingredients a couple times to get them mixed together
  3. Turn the processor on low and slowly drizzle the olive oil in until you get the desired consistency

Lemon Pepper Arugula and Cashew Pesto
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Ingredients

  • 2-3 cups fresh arugula
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 oz parmesan - whole, not grated, crumble it up into chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients EXCEPT the olive oil in a food processor or blender (arugula, cashews, lemon juice, parmesan, garlic, salt
  2. Pulse the ingredients a couple times to get them mixed together
  3. Turn the processor on low and slowly drizzle the olive oil in until you get the desired consistency
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