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Pistachio Arugula Pesto

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x


This easy, pistachio pesto provides a sweetness, that you can’t really achieve from other nuts. It’s perfect for your next pasta night, spread onto a sandwich or mixed into a tasty chicken salad. Ready in 5 minutes!


  • 1 cup pistachios (already out of the shell)
  • 2 packed cups arugula
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water (more if needed)


  1. Combine ingredients in a food processor, and blend until smooth.
  2. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary to thin the sauce to desired consistency.