Sage & Citrus Pesto
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Sage & Citrus Pesto

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1 cup leaves of sage
1 cup flat leaf parsley sub curly if need be
3/4 cup olive oil sub avocado oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 T minced garlic
1 t red pepper flakes optional
1 t or to taste pepper
1.5 T red wine vinegar

    A unique take on a tried and true classic condiment. Sage and Lemon are the secrets to creating this dynamic new sauce. It is super easy, versatile, and super delicious!

    • 8
    • Medium




    This super easy pesto came together by accident and boy am I glad I make mistakes. This time it was absolute magic. I added the sage I bought for another recipe to the food processor and hit whiiiirrrrrrr and then it dawned on me that I grabbed the wrong bunch of fresh herbs. So what did I do?

    Oh, baby! I ran with it. I tasted it and knew it needed lots of lemon, a splash more of red wine vinegar, and some more garlic and I hit whiiiiirrrrr again.

    The moment of truth had arrived. I put my baby spoon in this new concoction and bravely inserted a tad onto my tongue. HOT DAMN! There was this almost smokiness but not too smoky taste to the sauce. This is a MUST TRY and the perfect sauce to have on hand to give life to your Whole30 or any diet for that matter.

    It is so damn unique and delicious that I may have to try it on ERRRRRYYYTHANNNG!

    This easy pesto contains only 7 ingredients:

    Flat Leaf Parsely


    Minced Garlic

    Lemon Juice


    Red Onion

    Red Wine Vinegar

    Red Pepper (optional heat)

    That’s it! If you do not have a food processor, you can use a blender or Nutribullet BUT be careful not to over blend into a homogeneous solid green dressing – but if that does happen, it will make one hell of a dressing. What makes pesto is that it still has baby chunks of the ingredients but the flavors chill in the fridge and marry together nicely after about an hour.

    Can’t find sage? Ground sage?

    Ground sage can be used but it will not have the same pungency as fresh herbs but still should taste pretty dang good. You can also sub more parsley or cilantro. If you go this direction, add 1 tsp of smoked paprika and 1 cup more parsley or cilantro.

    What else can you use this sauce with?

    Great Question!

    1. Top veggies like this NEW Cast Iron Radicchio recipe.

      Radicchio w/ Sage & Citrus Pesto (click image for recipe)
    2. In lieu of the dressing in this healthy TriColor Cauliflower dish or TriColor Potato Salad, try using this pesto instead! Oh la la!
    3. Top grilled chicken breast or a nice piece of cedar plank salmon.
    4. Serve with baguette and pita wedges at your next shindig.
    5. Toss broccoli and cauliflower florets in the pesto and then roast in an oven at 415F for 26 minutes. Side dish done baby!
    6. Top a hamburger or salmon burger.
    7. Chicken Lettuce wraps anything.

    The possibilities are endless but you need to try this tasty new pesto sauce that I am adding to the growing list of SOLTO’s Alchemy sauces. Stay tuned for those!

    But you tell me! After tasting it, what do you want to put it on? I cannot wait to hear all the ideas and results.

    Need a food processor? Gotcha there too!

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    Add ALL ingredients EXCEPT the olive oil and pulse the food processor until the contents are pretty broken down. You may need to take a spatula and run it around the sides to push content down and hit pulse one more time.


    Pour in the oil slowly while hitting LOW on the processor. You want everything incorporated but you DO NOT want it to be smooth and all one color like a dressing.


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