Farmer’s Market Recipe: Tried & True Customizable Herb Pesto

Farmer’s Market Recipe: Tried & True Customizable Herb Pesto

Inspired by fresh local ingredients in season at the Covington Farmer’s Market

Pesto isn’t just about basil and pine nuts, although the classic combo is a favorite for a reason. Truth is, you can use just about any herbs or greens, or a combination of complimentary herbs, to make your own custom pesto for pastas, pizza and more!


  • 6 cups fresh herbs and/or greens – our favorite combo is 3 cups basil, 2 cups spinach & 1cup arugula
  • ¼ cup nuts – such as pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, etc
  • 1 tsp each kosher sea salt & fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 Tbl lemon juice
  • ½ cup low flavor oil, plus
  • ½ cup grated parmesan


I like to blanch my herbs like basil to preserve its bright color. Just set a pot of water to boil and either hold basil by its stem or put in a metal colander – dunk in boiling water a few times, no longer than a second at a time, just until fragrant. Let cool and dry in a colander on paper towels.

Add all ingredients to a food processor and puree until smooth. Adjust oil, salt and pepper to taste and consistency as needed! Enjoy!