This unique pesto utilizes garlic scapes, which are the shoots that grow out of garlic bulbs. They look like long, green spirals and are deliciously pungent. But the the secret ingredient that really makes this recipe special is mint! The addition of this great herb opens up your taste buds so that you can taste all the other flavors better plus the lemon juice brings a brightness to the pesto that keeps it light and refreshing. This is the kind of pesto that you will want to put on everything; pasta dishes, salads, chickpeas, meat, veggies…you name it!
- 8 garlic scapes, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
- ¼ cup basil leaves
- ¼ cup shelled pistachios
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp sea salt, or to taste
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Place the garlic scapes in a food processor and pulse until smooth, about 30-45 seconds.
Add the mint and basil and pulse again until smooth.
Add the pistachios and pulse for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add the Parmesan cheese and lemon juice and pulse until the ingredients are combined.
Add the olive oil and process on high for 15 seconds.
Add salt and pepper to taste.