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This Pesto Pasta Salad is delicious on its own or a great side for any meal. Light and tasty! Plus it is easy to make.. and eat!

Pesto Sauce

  • Author: Love & Lemons
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 Cup 1x
  • Category: Sauce


Recipe from Love & Lemons – see link for additional information and ingredient ideas


  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oilmore for a smoother pesto
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheeseoptional


  1. In a food processor, combine the pine nuts, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and pulse until well chopped.
  2. Add the basil and pulse until combined.
  3. With the food processor running, drizzle in the olive oil and pulse until combined. Add the parmesan cheese, if using, and pulse to briefly combine. For a smoother pesto, add more olive oil.

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