Mint-Pistachio Pesto

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Author Notes: I love mint and pistachios and really, pesto is of the gods. I'm going to serve this with grilled steaks, tortillas and corn tonight! I also think it'd be fantastic with grilled peaches!em-i-lis

Food52 Review: WHO: em-i-lis is a stay-at-home mom and avid cook.
WHAT: A stunningly simple pesto as you've never seen it before with mint, pistachio, and lime.
HOW: If you can turn your food processor on, you can make this pesto -- but a mortar and pestle is welcome, too.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The pesto's slightly chunky texture allows the individual flavors to shine through while adding them all up into something even greater. And what wouldn't be better with a dollop of pesto on it?
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Serves 2

  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup roasted, salted, shelled pistachios
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1/4 lime
  1. Put the mint leaves, pistachios, garlic and salt into a small food processor or into a mortar. Process or crush until coarsely ground. In a steady stream, add the oil and lime juice until the consistency is of your liking. Voila!

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5 months ago Hfacemcgee

This was amazing! I've been growing mint in my garden for the past couple of months and wondering what to do with it. I used partly pistachios, partly pine nuts (it's what I had in the cupboard) and had it with pasta and a salad. So minty-fresh :D

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5 months ago em-i-lis

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Fantastic, Hayley!! Thanks for letting me know!! :)

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10 months ago borntobeworn

I used more garlic & lime and less salt. Delicious!!

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9 months ago em-i-lis

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I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!

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10 months ago JanetFL

I am reduced to eating it right out of the bowl! Put it on anything and everything! Thank you again, Emily.

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10 months ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, Janet! :) Have you tried it on grilled peaches yet? I did that a few weeks back and thought it was a treat!

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10 months ago JanetFL

I did, Emily, and it was a treat!

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10 months ago em-i-lis

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oh, yes, of course! i'm sorry i forgot!

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10 months ago ohhsusannah

A smashing success. I am obsessed.

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10 months ago em-i-lis

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Thank you SO much, ohhsusannah! I'm so happy you like it!

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10 months ago SuzChef

Has anyone tried freezing this?

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10 months ago em-i-lis

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Hi SuzChef, I've never had enough leftover to freeze but I suspect it would do fine. Perhaps you could test-run a tablespoon or so and see what happens? Please let me know!

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about 1 year ago millicent

just made it, so easy and so yum!!

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about 1 year ago em-i-lis

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Hi Millicent, Thank you!! I love its ease and do think it's delish! I'm glad you liked it!

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over 1 year ago juliana

I put this delicious pesto over Israeli cous cous and corn--bright summer meal. I'll be making this again and again!

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much for your note, Juliana! I'm really happy you enjoyed the pesto, and your use of it sounds wonderful!!!

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over 1 year ago Cndy

I made this tonight with grilled lamb chops. It was heavenly!

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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Oh, I'm so glad!! Thank you for writing!

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over 1 year ago JanetFL

This pesto was fabulous on grilled peaches, Em!

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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Oh wow, Janet, thank you! Can you believe i have not tried that combo yet?! I'm so glad you did and that it was so good. :)

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over 1 year ago MrsBeeton

We had a pesto with mint and toasted pumpkin seeds on a recent trip to Salzburg (it was served with tagliatelle)--it was divine, and I'm guessing this is, too! Thanks for a great recipe!

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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ooh, that does sound marvelous. thank you so much for your note. i hope you like this if you try it. :)

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over 1 year ago bodeswell

This is pretty spectacular; it should be the centerpiece of any meal it's applied to. I was dubious about the lime juice, but that was a perfect foil for the unctuousness of the other ingredients. I did keep adding olive oil until it reached the consistency I wanted, but I would guess it's hard to overwhelm these flavors, so keep pouring. The nuts seem to soak up the oil; this may vary depending on how old and how roasted they are.

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over 1 year ago EatDrinkLyon

Ah....mine aren't roasted with salt (can't get here in Lyon) but were quite moist /soft to begin with. I'll add a bit more oil... Thanks for the advice. too good to waste!

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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thank you so much for the compliment, bodeswell and for the advice to eatdrinklyon! let us know how it turns out!

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over 1 year ago EatDrinkLyon

I made this but....it didn't turn out like the picture at all! In fact, I've ended up with a sort of thick 'mint-pistachio nut butter'. I added more lime juice - can't add much more oil for fear of totally overwhelming the flavour with olive oil.... Disappointed because the ingredients weren't cheap! I'm going to smear it on bruschetta with some creamy white beans on top so it won't be wasted, but I had planned to drizzle it on salmon. At the moment it's a big thick blob, can't be drizzled! ! Nice flavours though.

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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Oh dear, I haven't experienced this at all. Anyone else? I'm sorry yours didn't turn out!

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over 1 year ago Waverly

Congratulations! The combination of mint and pistachios sounds summery and fresh. I can't wait to try it.

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, waverly!! I hope you like it.

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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I just want to say thank you to all of you for your warm and wonderful support. What a terrific community. Many, many thanks!!!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Congratulations on your win! Very well deserved!

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, inpatskitchen. I really appreciate your note!

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over 1 year ago gingerroot

Well deserved Congrats!! Can't wait to try this.

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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i really appreciate that, gingerroot! hope you like it!

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over 1 year ago chimera

Yay Em!!! I'll make this when I get back to NJ - we're swimming in mint at the local store. So excited for you!

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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thank you so much!!!

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over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

Woo hoo! look forward to making this!

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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thank you, w! i hope you enjoy!!

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over 1 year ago fiveandspice

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Hip hip hurrah! Congrats on the win!

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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huge thanks, 5&S! ;)

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over 1 year ago sdebrango

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Congratulations, so happy for you!! Such wonderful recipe and a well deserved win.

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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thank you so much, suzanne. that means a lot to me!