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Lettuce Pesto

Does it sound yeuch to you? Perhaps but it works.
Lettuce Pesto Ingredients
With many a raised bed in Ireland heaving under the weight of unused lettuce it is time to get experimental and use up the glut.  According to STOPFoodWaste almost 50% of salad leaves that are bought are thrown away and I wonder how much of the GIY lettuce ends up being wasted too especially with the novice gardeners out there?  I’m on a learning curve with the growing side of things and having sown all my lettuce seeds at once (rookie mistake) there’s a bounty of leaves ready for picking and there is only so much salad that one can eat.
Use this pesto as you would any other to spruce up a sandwich etc and it’s perfect on Fusilli Summer Chicken or Pesto Quesadilla

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You will need:
50g pine nuts
50g parmesan
2 garlic cloves
half head butter leaf lettuce washed (or any lettuce leaves)
small handful flat-leaf parsley
200ml rapeseed or olive oil
Dry fry (no oil) the pine nuts in a non-stick pan over  medium heat until lightly toasted (take care, burn easily)
Grate the parmesan
Crush the garlic
Roughly chop the lettuce leaves & parsley
Place everything in a food processor, pour in the oil and blend to desired consistency adding more oil if you prefer it runnier
Til next time, Sheila.


Irish food & travel blogger & mother to six children, author of 'Gimme the Recipe' published by Mercier Press in 2012 and 'Enjoy' published by Mercier Press in 2016. Work in admin of our Food Safety Consultancy business - Industrial Management Systems with my husband Denis.

13 thoughts on “Lettuce Pesto

  1. This is a wonderful recipe. I was looking around for something to do with lettuce. I substituted walnuts in place of pine nuts. It tastes great.Thank you ❤
    P.S. Approximately how long will this recipe keep in the fridge?

    1. I’m delighted that you are finding the lettuce pesto recipe useful. I would generally keep/use fresh pestos within 2 weeks, it should keep well if you top up with some rapeseed or olive oil.

  2. Thank you! I have been desperately scouring the Internet for ways to use up my lettuce without making my family eat 3 salads a day. This sounds perfect!!

    For what it’s worth, I have even made lettuce soup and roasted lettuce (!!!) and they were both also delicious! (The lettuce soup was more like a potato soup, but with 8 cups of garden greens blended in.)

    1. Delighted that you found the lettuce pesto recipe useful! Apologies it took so long for me to reply – life / blog balancing out of kilter for the moment so it’s not getting as much attention for now.

  3. Any thoughts on how to make this without pine nuts? Our school has a nut-free policy, and pine nuts are on that list. Thanks!!

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