Edamame Pesto


A friend brought edamame pesto to a potluck last summer and I loved it. I tweaked her recipe a little bit by using roasted garlic instead of raw garlic, which makes it mellower. I also added citric acid to preserve it better and help the pesto maintain its color, but that's optional. I don't think anyone in my family wants to eat regular pesto again anytime soon! This keep pesto keeps in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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


  • ½ cup raw unsalted almonds

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen shelled edamame, thawed if frozen

  • 4 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves

  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves

  • 3 cloves roasted garlic, or more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon zest

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon citric acid powder (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Place almonds in a small ungreased frying pan. Toast over medium-low heat, shaking frequently until evenly browned and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

  2. Place almonds in the food processor and chop coarsely. Remove and set aside.

  3. Place edamame beans in the food processor and chop to a paste. Add basil, mint, garlic, and lemon zest; process until smooth while slowly adding in 1/2 cup olive oil. Add Parmesan cheese, salt, and almonds; pulse to combine. Stir in citric acid.

  4. Transfer pesto to a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Pour a layer of olive oil over the top and cover with the lid. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

301 Calories
22g Fat
12g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 301
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 297mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 205mg 16%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 657mg 14%

* 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.