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Basil, Arugula, Scallion, and Lemon Pesto Sauce (for Grilled Fish, Chicken, Meat or Vegetables)

This Basil, Arugula, Scallion, and Lemon Pesto Sauce is fantastic with grilled fish, chicken, or vegetables. And this tasty sauce is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, dairy-free, meatless, and vegan! Use Fresh Herbs to find more recipes like this one.

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Basil, Arugula, Scallions, and Lemon Pesto Sauce for Grilled Fish, Chicken, or Vegetables found on KalynsKitchen.com

When I shared the recipe for Ultra Easy Avocado Sauce, I mentioned how I’m a sauce person. I love the way an easy sauce can dress up simple grilled fish, chicken, meat, or vegetables for quick summer meal. And there is no cheese in this Basil, Arugula, Scallion, and Lemon Pesto Sauce, despite the word pesto in the title. This may not be the most photogenic sauce you’ve made, but it is oh so tasty!

The Basil, Arugula, Scallion, and Lemon Pesto Sauce that’s shown here on grilled salmon is a kicked-up version of my beloved Basil Pesto with Lemon, with arugula, scallions, walnuts, and a touch of mayo turning it into a flavor-filled creamy sauce for just about anything you’d like to eat it on. When I had leftovers of this in my fridge, I ate it on almost everything I cooked until it was gone, and if you like these flavors I’m guessing this might become one of your favorite summer sauces.

Basil, Arugula, Scallions, and Lemon Pesto Sauce for Grilled Fish, Chicken, or Vegetables found on KalynsKitchen.com

Start with a packed cup of basil leaves. (I wash them in the salad spinner.) You’ll also need a packed cup of arugula leaves. I used walnuts instead of the pine nuts I usually use for pesto, but you could use any type of nuts you like. It also has scallions (green onions) and a large cloves of garlic (or two.) Pulse the basil, arugula, walnuts, scallions, and garlic until it’s finely chopped. Then add the olive oil, lemon juice, and mayo and blend until you have a sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Basil, Arugula, Scallions, and Lemon Pesto Sauce for Grilled Fish, Chicken, or Vegetables found on KalynsKitchen.com

Basil, Arugula, Scallion, and Lemon Pesto Sauce will dress up any kind of grilled fish, chicken, meat, or vegetables, and I also liked it as a spread for sandwiches and as a sauce over Greek Frittata. I bet you can think of a lot more ideas for using it!

Ten Things I’d Eat with Basil, Arugula, Scallion, and Lemon Pesto Sauce:

Marinated Flank Steak
Grilled Flat Iron Steak
Completely Foolproof 100% Delicious Grilled Chicken
Chicken Souvlaki
Grilled Pork Chops with Lemon, Garlic, and Sage
Herb Encrusted Grilled Salmon
Grilled Fish with Garlic, Basil, and Lemon – for Halibut, Tilapia, or Mahi-Mahi
Grilled Spicy Tuna
Grilled Zucchini
Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Red Pepper, Parsley, and Mint

Basil, Arugula, Scallion, and Lemon Pesto Sauce (for Grilled Fish, Chicken, Meat or Vegetables)

You will love this tasty sauce with  grilled fish, chicken, or vegetables, so fantastic!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (packed) basil leaves
  • 1 cup (packed) baby arugula leaves
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions (green onions)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or use any nuts you’d like)
  • 1-2 large cloves garlic
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 T mayo or light mayo
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Wash basil and arugula if needed and spin dry or dry with paper towels.
  2. Chop walnuts, scallions, and garlic.
  3. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the basil, arugula, scallions, walnuts, and garlic until they are finely chopped. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and mayo and process until the sauce is all blended.
  4. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve.
  5. Basil, Arugula, Scallion, and Lemon Pesto Sauce will keep in the refrigerator for at least a week (mine didn’t last longer than that!)

Notes:

This recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Basil, Arugula, Scallion, and Lemon Pesto Sauce would be approved for low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, Paleo, Whole 30, and the South Beach Diet and it’s also vegan. It’s calorie dense, so use portion control if you’re watching calories.

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13 comments on “Basil, Arugula, Scallion, and Lemon Pesto Sauce (for Grilled Fish, Chicken, Meat or Vegetables)”

  1. I bet this would make a great marinade for shrimp! I can't wait to give it a go!

  2. Valerie Anne, so glad! Hope you enjoy.

  3. I would imagine avocado could substitute for the mayo. Or maybe try olive oil, like in a standard pesto recipe. I think the nuts and greens just need a binder/emulsifier.

  4. I could not have gotten this at a better time! This week I just received way too much basil arugula and scallions from my CSA!

  5. Lisa, I have not tried freezing it. The only thing I'm not sure about is the mayonnaise, but I'm guessing it would freeze. Mine was gone so quickly I didn't even think of freezing it!

    Joanne, I think it would be great as a spread to liven up a burrito!

  6. I am a HUGE fan of all things pesto in the summer and I know I'd love this on everything also! I'm thinking of using it as a sauce for an ITalian-esque burrito..hmm.

  7. 1. Can you freeze the pesto.

    2. I simply cut off the top of the arugula when it sprouts and harvest from my "arugula hedge" thru-out the summer.

  8. No Lydia, arugula goes to seed so quickly here that I've kind of given up on it. It's just from the store.

  9. If that gorgeous arugula is from your garden, I'm going to be extremely jealous!

  10. I really don't have much experience with vegan mayo substitutes, but I imagine that would work just fine.

  11. Kalyn, this looks great! Could you suggest a substitute for the mayo (I'd like to try this over grilled tofu and portobellos for vegan friends). Thanks!

  12. Thanks Eileen. I just put it on everything!

  13. What a beautiful green sauce! It sounds like a perfect match with simple seared fish, a bowl of pasta and vegetables, or even some grilled halloumi–love it!

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