Lemon Basil Almond Pesto Sauce

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Lemon Basil Almond Pesto

This pesto sauce puts a bright, zesty flavor on anything from pizza to rice, quinoa, or pasta. You name it, we love pesto on it!

When I was first introduced to pesto, the thought of making it myself was intimidating, so I bought it from my local grocery store. Boy, was I missing out on the freshness!


It really is simple to make. I don’t know why I was so hesitant. I make mine in a food processor and it is easy peasy. If you don’t own a good food processor, check out some of my recommendations from Amazon below and make the plunge. Your recipes will thank you!

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I’ve put my own spin on it in this recipe. Most people put pine nuts in their pesto, but I really love the mild flavor of the almonds. And I put a little more lemon in mine because I like that tart zing on my tongue and how it pairs so well with the basil.

I grow my own basil and it really works out well when it comes to this sauce. Because pesto takes quite a bit of basil to make a good, healthy serving of it. I like to make a lot at one time and store it in the fridge for up to a week.

If you want to try your own hand at growing basil, try these basil seeds

I use this pesto in dishes like Pesto Brown Rice and Pesto Pizza.

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Recipe for…Lemon Basil Almond Pesto Sauce

4 cups basil leaves

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1 lemon

3-4 tbs olive oil

In a food processor, combine basil, parmesan, and almonds. Zest the lemon and juice half of it to add to the processor. Close the processor and pulse 2-3 times to break up large pieces. Turn on the processor and stream in olive oil until a loose paste forms.


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