Mint Pesto

Mint Pesto

Pesto is one of our favorite foods in the entire world.

We can whip up a batch of this green goodness and it would barely make it through a weekend. Besides the beautiful bright green presentation, the flavor is just so delicious! If you have fresh mint leaves that are crisp and new and want to use them in a fun way- this is for you.  Mint basil pesto!

  homemade pesto

What are your first thoughts of a mint pesto? Too strong? Too weird?

Let your minds rest knowing that while the flavor of mint is present, all the other ingredients fuse together for a deliciously balanced spread. Basil and lemon help create a harmonious sauce that is great for any of your favorite pesto dishes.

But that’s not all we did to mix things up around here.

A few drizzles of maple syrup add a faint subtle sweetness while adding another dimension of creaminess. We love pesto that’s creamy and this sweetener helps give a creamy, smooth texture without making it runny. With lemon, garlic and a few other typical pesto ingredients, it all combines for a delicious spring time dish.

spoonful of pesto


Mint Pesto (vegan, raw & gluten free)
Print Recipe

1 cup Fresh Mint Leaves
1 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
1/3 cup Walnuts
1/4 cup Pine Nuts
1 teaspoon Fresh Lemon Zest
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
1/2 teaspoon Sea or Pink Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
Dash of Garlic
5-6 Tablespoons Olive Oil*

In a food processor combine the mint, basil and nuts and process until a rough paste. Add the other ingredients except for the oil and pulse until it just starts to come together. Add the oil, a little at a time, while pulsing on and off. Add enough oil to your desired consistency and you’re done!

*We like the consistency of our pesto to be different based on what we are making. This pesto is a little thicker, which is perfect for grilled cheese sandwiches or bruschetta. If you want this for a pasta sauce, you will want the full 6 tablespoons of oil, plus maybe a little more. You can also add a little almond milk or water to reach your desired consistency.



  1. Babs says

    I have tons of fresh sweet mint and basil in my garden. I can’t wait to try this recipe tomorrow. Will test it out and post again. Thanks so much! Oh yeah, can I use honey instead of the maple syrup and almonds instead of walnuts?

    • says

      Yes, you can absolutely use honey. Almonds can be substituted but we would suggest using walnuts if possible. We like almonds in pesto recipes but some people may not like the taste with the mint. So unless you know you love almonds in pesto, use the walnuts. :)

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