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Arugula Pesto (Recipe)

Arugula Pesto (Recipe)


Many of us are chomping at the bit for basil season — I know I am! I can’t wait to get my fill of caprese salads, bruschetta, pastas, and anything and everything topped with fresh, homemade pesto. But, in the meantime, let’s spare ourselves the agony of counting the days until we have more basil than we know what to do with. Rather, make some pesto with a leafy green that’s actually in season. This recipe for arugula pesto will definitely knock your socks off!

You can certainly follow your favorite basil pesto recipe and substitute arugula for the basil. However, I found that, in the arugula pesto, I didn’t need as much garlic and pepper as I would use for basil pesto. Moreover, a spritz of lemon juice will nicely mask any unappealing grassy taste.

Arugula Pesto


  • 4 cups packed arugula (baby arugula is best here!)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan (optional)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice to taste

1. Place arugula, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan in a food processor. Blend until nearly smooth, adding the olive oil in gradually while it’s running.
2. Serve within a day at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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10:19PM PDT on Jul 26, 2015

Thank you for the recipe Katie. Arugula would certainly be an interesting flavor profile.

9:52AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

Thanks :)

2:47AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Thank you

11:06PM PST on Jan 25, 2013


4:31PM PST on Jan 23, 2013

This recipe sounds great too! Thanks!

1:07AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Thank you :)

4:51PM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

How i LOVE arugula! this pesto sounds good.

9:23AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Garlic sucks! Aragula rocks!

9:44PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012


3:36AM PDT on May 31, 2012

Thanks for the recipe.

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