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Peppery Arugula and Meyer Lemon Pesto Sauce

Last weekend, after receiving my little stash of meyer lemons I immediately started playing with some recipes. I made this really flavorful pesto one afternoon with the huge bunch of arugula that was in my last two CSA pickups. I love the peppery bite of arugula and paired up with parmesan cheese and sweet meyer lemon juice, this sauce really brightened up a simple bowl of whole grain pasta.

Now, I have to admit a huge goof on my part. I always add pine nuts when I’m making my traditional basil pesto, and had toasted up some walnuts to add to this arugula pesto. Well, I forgot to add them and didn’t realize it until pasta was tossed and in our bowls ready to eat. So instead, I used the toasted walnuts as a crumbly and crunchy topping for the pasta. It worked. And I would make it exactly the same way next time.

You can find my Meyer Lemon and Arugula Pesto Sauce recipe over at Babble’s Family Kitchen.

And while you’re here, don’t forget to enter into my current giveaway for a chance to win a tote of meyer lemons and a$25 gift certificate to Williams-Sonoma (did I mention I’ll be picking two winners for this one??).

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30 comments on “Peppery Arugula and Meyer Lemon Pesto Sauce”

  1. Would have never thought of adding meyer lemon to pesto but it sounds like a super delicious idea. Love it!

  2. this just screams FLAVOR!!! and the color is stunning – love how we eat with our eyes too 🙂

  3. Love this, Aggie! I’m hooked on arugula pesto!

  4. This looks amazing, Aggie!

  5. I think your goof was no goof at all. I love walnuts and I think the crunch would be so good. Gorgeous pesto:)

  6. Sooo yummy! I really like making pesto because you can do so many different things with it

  7. I have never made pesto for some reason. But, I am definitely going to give this one a try. It looks delicious.

  8. this sounds delicious! citrus and pesto is always one of my favs!

  9. Hi Aggie,

    What a lovely blog you have! I saw you mentioned by Sandy Coughlin regarding your light tuna wraps. They looked delicious. And now this pesto. Yum! Meyer lemons are so delicious, I can only imagine how this pesto tastes. And the arugula – yes, the peppery bite is just wonderful. What a nice idea.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Love,
    Mary

  10. Lemon and pesto are two of my favorite combinations…the peppery arugula just sent me over the edge. YUM!

  11. Arugula is one of my favorite types of pesto and this looks wonderful! I forget ingredients here and there as well, sounds great to have to nuts crumbled on top though 🙂

  12. This looks so delicious! I just ran out of Meyer lemons too, darn. But next time I’ll be sure to try this! ^^

  13. I am definitely trying this. Arugula is one of my favorite greens.

  14. I absolutely love arugula pesto and your recipe with the meyer lemon I’m sure tastes amazing and would be so wonderful in a light pasta dish! Great post!

  15. This looks amazing, Aggie!!

  16. So vibrant and flavorful…perfect for your pasta!

  17. I love adding walnuts to pesto, but never thought about lemon. Have some Meyer lemons in the fruit basket. Gotta squeeze one next time i make pesto!

  18. love this and I love the crunchy walnuts

  19. I’m not normally a big arugula lover, but I think I’d actually love this!!

  20. Your site is terrific with such lovely photos! This looks simple and delicious and I love the addition of Meyer lemons. I’m also really glad that we connected!

  21. I’m contemplating feeding my family frozen chicken nuggets…. and this sounds SO good! I didn’t make it to the grocery today. Lesson learned! 🙂

  22. Lovely color of this pesto — I need to get my hands on meyer lemons. Like, soonish 🙂

    p/s: thanks for the CSA tip!

    • Thanks! I hear you can find them at Costco? There’s a Publix by me that sells them sometimes too. Did you look into the CSA?

  23. This looks amazing, Aggie! I can’t wait to try it!

  24. I love playing with pesto recipes, arugula sounds fantastic!

  25. This sounds so bright and peppery – love it!!

  26. This is making me smile 🙂 I too posted a non traditional pesto recipe few days back. Can’t wait to try your version!

  27. Now this is a pesto sauce. I always end up going back to the same old, traditional pesto and I don’t know why because there are essentially infinite options out there! I’m definitely popping over to grab this recipe.

    • I know what you mean…I’m so hooked on basil pesto all the time! It’s such a nice change. Let me know if you try it!