Spinach Arugula Pesto Recipe

This pesto pairs well with poultry, seafood, and meat, and it can also be used for hearty vegetarian dishes with umami flavors, such as broiled portabella mushrooms or grilled eggplant.

article image
by Lara Ferroni

This pesto pairs well with poultry, seafood, and meat. I also use it for hearty vegetarian dishes with umami flavors, such as broiled portabella mushrooms or grilled eggplant. For a milder version, substitute Parmesan for some of the Romano cheese, which has a more assertive flavor. To keep the color of the pesto bright, I recommend using white balsamic vinegar.

Yield: About 3 cups.

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup packed baby arugula leaves
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup ground Romano or Parmesan cheese, or a combination
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 5 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic or rice vinegar

Directions

Place all ingredients in the bowl of a large food processor, and process until nearly smooth.

Discover more great recipes in Herbal Pesto Recipes.

Excerpted with permission from The Pesto Cookbook © by Olwen Woodier, published by Storey Publishing. Photography by Lara Ferroni.

book cover with three spoons with orange green and purple pestos on them with herbs sittingon a gray table

The Pesto Cookbook

The classic pesto mixture of basil, garlic, olive oil, nuts, and Parmesan cheese is a popular favorite, but why stop at basil? The Pesto Cookbook has 116 recipes for creative herb combinations and dishes bursting with flavor. Unlock the full potential of pesto by introducing into the mix other delicious herbs, including rosemary, mint, parsley, thyme, tarragon, and cilantro. This diverse collection of recipes for fresh pestos, pastes, and purées takes inspiration from cultures beyond Italy, with international delights such as Moroccan Chermoula, Brazilian Tempero Purée, and Peanut-Cilantro Pesto. In addition to 49 pesto recipes, 67 creative recipes for cooking with pesto show off how versatile these simple sauces can be. Order from the MOTHER EARTH LIVING Store or by calling 800-456-6018. Mention promo code MMLPAJZ8. Item #8775.

Mother Earth Living
Mother Earth Living
The ultimate guide to living the good life!