Easy Lettuce Pesto Recipe

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I love being able to grow lettuce in my own garden.  Unfortunately, it seems like my harvest all comes up at the same time, leaving me with way too much lettuce to use up.  There are only so many salads a girl can eat in a week!  Lettuce on sandwiches,  more lettuce on burgers and even a Paleo approved taco wrap that uses lettuce instead of a taco shell.  Still, 12 heads of lettuce really doesn’t get used up to quickly!  This lettuce pesto recipe can be prepared in just minutes and you can freeze it for later use.  That way, you can use up most of your lettuce crop in one week and still be enjoying your lettuce pesto in August!  You can use this pesto just like you would a traditional pesto recipe. Toss it into pasta or spread it on a slice of bread for a deliciously simple appetizer recipe.  I chose to use mine on some toasted French bread and added a touch more Parmesan cheese on top that I broiled just a minute or two before serving.  Heavenly!

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Easy Lettuce Pesto Recipe

Easy Lettuce Pesto Recipe

Yields 1 1/2 cups

Easy Lettuce Pesto Recipe

Fresh and flavorful spread for bread. Great to toss with pasta. Wonderful way to use up lots of lettuce!

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 4 packed cups of lettuce (your choice of varieties, a mild flavor like bibb or Romaine works well)
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • olive oil to desired consistency (1/4 to 1/2 cup)


  1. Place lettuce, parsley, garlic, Parmesan cheese, walnuts and salt in a food processor.
  2. Add olive oil and pulse until the pesto reaches the desired consistency. Start with 1/4 cup olive oil and add more as needed
  3. To serve, spread on bread or toss with pasta
  4. Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze for later use.

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  1. I've never seen anything like this before (using lettuce for pesto), but I'm loving the idea! I bet it would be really good with some tomato and fresh mozzarella.

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