Green Pesto Sauce - Yorkshire Valley Farms
Green Pesto Sauce

Green Pesto Sauce

By Ruth Gangbar
Serves ½ cup yield Prep Time 5 minutes Cooking Time 5 minutes

I often double this recipe, especially when there’s a profusion of fresh herbs from the garden. Spooned generously onto grilled chicken, it’s also great for making a delicious Chicken Club Sandwich spread, or for instantly enhancing salad dressings (and of course tossed into cooked pasta).



  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
  • ½ cup Italian parsley, coarsely chopped
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts, walnuts pieces, or sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the garlic, basil, parsley,
    pine nuts, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  2. Pulse 2 or 3 times until coarsely chopped, scraping sides as necessary.
  3. Add olive oil in a stream, pulsing until desired texture.

Keeps for about a week in the refrigerator.


  • Add ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, adjusting texture with a little more olive oil as desired.
  • For a spicier kick, add chopped, seeded jalapeño to taste.
  • Too hot? add a teaspoon of honey.
Green Pesto Sauce

Meet the chef

Ruth Gangbar Ruth Gangbar

Ruth Gangbar is a food stylist, recipe writer, cook, and gardener with decades of styling work with food photographers under her belt for notable clients like LCBO Food and Drink and Cottage Life Magazines, Yorkshire Valley Farms, and Foodland Ontario. She bakes a mean pie and loves making preserves, with her popups as Ruth’s Canteen and off-grid cabin rentals. Like her photography, this green pesto is sure to please.

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Photo credit: Christopher Gentile