Chef John's Almond Arugula Pesto


Arugula is also quite a beautiful herb. Fragrant, spicy, crisp; it makes a great pesto. I paired it with raw almonds for a combo that was just amazing on a grilled hanger steak. Subtle it's not, but that's okay sometimes.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 servings


  • ½ cup arugula leaves, or more to taste

  • cup olive oil

  • cup raw almonds

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • salt to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add arugula and cook until bright green, about 30 seconds. Remove arugula to a bowl full of ice water for several minutes until cold. Drain and wring out arugula.

  2. Pulse arugula, olive oil, almonds, and garlic together in a blender, scraping down the sides, until mixture just becomes a coarse puree. Pour puree into a bowl and season with salt.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

210 Calories
22g Fat
3g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 210
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 79mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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