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Lemon Balm Pesto Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This lemon balm pesto recipe is bright, fresh, and loaded with the sweet basil flavor of lemon balm. Lemon balm recipes for summer or spring, everyone will love. Serve this pesto over freshly cooked pasta, slathered on garlic bread, or added to a fresh vegetable soup.
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I have absolutely been loving cooking with lemon balm lately! We are growing some lemon balm in our Aerogarden at the moment, and it is taking over.  I’m not at all mad about it. We first got out lemon balm seeds as part of a garden tea mix… but I decided that I wanted to explore cooking with fresh lemon balm as well. Lemon balm is slightly minty, slightly sweet, and the flavor lends itself perfectly to this blended pesto dish. I made my lemon balm smoothie the other day, so if you have extra lemon balm in your garden or yard, give that one a go.

This Lemon Balm Pesto Recipe Is:

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Vibrant
  • Minty
  • Savory
  • Sweet
  • Vegan & gluten free

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Can You Eat Lemon Balm?

Studies say: yes!  There are some great recipes out there for lemon balm dishes- and you can add this lemon balm pesto recipe to the list. I made a lemon balm smoothie recently with some fresh lemon balm we have growing at the moment, and we loved it.

Lemon balm as an ingredient has been on my mind quite a bit lately, thanks to a beautiful new song by Sun Kil Moon entitled “Lemon Balm.”  Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon has been one of my favorite musicians all my life. I loved his work in the Red House Painters, dug his solo albums, and his band Sun Kil Moon’s album April has been a lifelong favorite. A few months ago Spotify recommended his new song of his “Lemon Balm” and I was hypnotized.  I immediately added it to all my favorite playlists… and as I listen to it now, I am curled up next to my own wood stove, and enjoying these peaceful vibes.  Give it a listen below, it will be the most beautiful few mintues of your day today, I promise:

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What’s In This Pesto with Lemon Balm:

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Grow Fresh Lemon Balm on Your Counter All Year Long

We got this great 6-Pod Aerogarden which is fantastic for growing herbs in the winter.  We actually got it when we lived in a smaller apartment, but even now that we own an acreage we still use it indoors year-round!  I love growing herbs on my countertop like fresh basil, dill, mint, sage, thyme, parsley, and lemon balm. It uses LED lights and water, so no messy soil needed – you can have fresh herbs at your fingertips any time. I love picking a few springs of parsley to chop on pastas, adding basil leaves to soups, and tossing some dill in with my pasta salads. This Aerogarden is a great gift for anyone who would like fresh herbs… no large kitchen space or green thumb required!

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How Do I Make Lemon Balm Pesto Sauce?

  1. In a blender or food processor add the lemon balm, spinach, kale, garlic, olive oil, walnuts, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs or pepper flakes if using.
  2. Pulse in quick bursts until the pesto becomes a thick paste. If it is too thick or isn’t blending properly, add an additional tablespoon of olive oil until it has thinned out.
  3. Toss with cooked pasta, stir into Risotto, top garlic bread, or add a scoop to soup.

Other Fresh Herby Recipes You’ll Love:

Lemon Basil Smoothie Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Avocado Parsley Pesto (Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Keto, Whole30, Low Sodium)

Green Goddess Pesto Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Caprese Pasta Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette (Vegetarian, GF, Vegan Option)

Lemon Basil Gin And Tonic

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Lemon Balm Pesto

Kelly Jensen
This lemon balm pesto recipe is bright, fresh, and loaded with the sweet basil flavor of lemon balm. Lemon balm recipes for summer or spring, everyone will love. Serve this pesto over freshly cooked pasta, slathered on garlic bread, or added to a fresh vegetable soup.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup lemon balm
  • 1 cup fresh kale
  • 6 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup walnuts toasted
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup bread gluten free crumbs optional
  • Red pepper flakes optional for heat

Instructions
 

  • In a blender or food processor add the lemon balm, spinach, kale, garlic, olive oil, walnuts, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs or pepper flakes if using.
  • Pulse in quick bursts until the pesto becomes a thick paste. If it is too thick or isn't blending properly, add an additional tablespoon of olive oil until it has thinned out.
  • Toss with cooked pasta, stir into Risotto, or add a scoop to soup.
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