Meyer Lemon Basil Pesto

This Meyer Lemon Basil Pesto is bursting with flavor.  It is refreshing from lemon zestiness, salty from the Asiago and a bit floral from the basil.

Meyer Lemon Basil Pesto You might think I am strange, but I am not a huge fan of classic basil pesto.  Basically, I overdid it, which is something I tend to do.  I thought I would give basil pesto another chance by changing it up.   I added Asiago instead of parmesan, some walnuts along with pine nuts and for the final twist, some refreshing Meyer lemon.  I am loving this combination so much, you must give it a try.  It’s great to keep on hand for a snack.  It’s also delicious toss with some pasta and it makes the perfect appetizer to bring to a party or potluck.  Just toast up some crostini to go along with it.

Meyer Lemon Basil Pesto This pesto pairs perfectly with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough New Zealand.

Meyer Lemon Basil Pesto Meyer Lemon Basil Pesto Recipe:

Approx. 1 1/2 Cups

  • 1 Meyer Lemon – segmented
  • 2 Cups Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 Cup Aged Asiago Cheese – finely shredded
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Walnuts
  • 1/4 Cup Pine Nuts
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
Garnish
  • Meyer Lemon Zest
  • Pine Nuts
Instructions:

  Scoop out the insides of the lemon and discard the seeds, measure and add everything to a food processor or blender and puree to desired texture.

Meyer Lemon Basil Pesto Health benefits:

Fresh Basil has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.  The herb contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin A and is rich in zeaxanthin an antioxidant that helps protect age-related macular disease.  It has a good amount of Iron and also helps to detoxify the liver.  It contains phytochemicals that may lower cortisol, a hormone secreted when you’re stressed that causes weight gain, so add some fresh basil to your water or tea.

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