Get inspired with twenty ways to use pesto, because I don't need to hold you back from letting your pesto dreams come true.
Pesto is a sauce, typically made with fresh basil, cheese, pine nuts, olive oil + tons of garlic. But it doesn't stop there anymore, you'll find plenty of variations on the classic. Think pesto made with red peppers, tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro... See? It's endless.
Pesto goes well in sauces, on meat, with grains, for breakfast or for dinner. So there's no excuse that you couldn't be enjoying it right at this very minute. Hmm...
So don't wait for it, dive into twenty ideas for using pesto below!
Cheesy pesto pull-apart bread via The Cooking Jar
If you're down to make your own bread, try adding pesto into the mix. Or make something easier, by slicing up a baguette + adding pesto and cheese.
Grilled salmon skewers via What's Gaby Cooking
Without sauce, salmon can be fairly bland. Try adding pesto to salmon for more flavor. Definitely add plenty of lemon juice to the pesto to compliment the salmon.
Chicken, zucchini pesto salad via Heather Cristo
Chicken and pesto are another great combination. Try marinating chicken in fresh pesto or toss pesto with zucchini + sautéd chicken for an upgraded take on chicken salad.
Olive pesto pasta via Naturally Ella
Ok, this one is really obvious. Pasta! Toss pesto in hot pasta for an easy, delicious meal. Try switching up what pesto you use, like the olive pesto used in this dish.
Potato pizza with kale pesto via Floating Kitchen
Pesto is meant for pizza! Try it on this version with potatoes, mozzarella, fontina + tons of kale pesto.
Baked zucchini fries with pesto yogurt dipping sauce via Cookin Canuck
Enjoy pesto mixed with greek yogurt for an easy dipping sauce for french fries or zucchini fries.
Jalapeño pesto potato tamales via Cookbooks 365
Switch tamales up by adding pesto. This recipe features a jalapeño one, with cilantro, pine nuts + garlic.
Garlic roasted artichokes with pesto dipping sauce via The Food Charlatan
If pesto + mayo were people, I'd ship 'em because they work so well together. This recipe combines the two to make an herby, creamy dipping sauce for roasted artichokes.
Pesto black pepper pancetta breadsticks via Kevin Is Cooking
Nope, you don't need to eat bland breadsticks AND yep, you can make your own. Try layering pesto before twisting pastry breadsticks. It's an easy way to elevate store-bought pastry.
Baked pesto risotto balls via My Diary of Us
First make lots of pesto risotto, so much that you have leftover + make these risotto balls. But you don't always need to fry risotto balls, these are baked!
Buttered mushroom, sage pesto + goat cheese sourdough toast via Half Baked Harvest
When toast is warm, pesto melts into the nooks and crannies perfectly. You can enjoy toast with only pesto, but try adding other ingredients to complete the dish. Mushrooms + goat cheese are perfect choices!
Blistered Green Beans With Tomato-Almond Pesto via Bon Appétit
Pesto doesn't have to be made with basil, tomato pesto is great as well. Think about adding some spice to your pesto + then mixing it with perfectly cooked vegetables.
Avocado alfredo via Tarts & Typography
Yes! You can make pesto with avocados + smother it on pasta + call it a day. You're welcome.
Kale pesto zucchini noodles and salmon via Kristine's Kitchen
A simple + trendy combination that gets even better with some pesto. Add pesto to zucchini noodles plus whatever you're serving with them, like salmon, too.
Walnut pesto potato salad via Canadian Living
Roasted potatoes are the best, but tossing roasted potatoes in pesto can really up the game. Make this for your next BBQ instead of the creamy kind of potato salad.
Goat cheese scrambled eggs with pesto veggies via Pinch of Yum
This one's simple, but usually that's a good thing. Use pesto like a salad dressing with shredded kale, then serve with scrambled eggs with goat cheese.
Savory breakfast quinoa breakfast bowls via Simply Quinoa
Quinoa might be here to stay, and it's good that it goes so darn well with everything. Toss quinoa with pesto for an easy side dish or try it for breakfast with avocado + eggs.
Flammkuchen with pesto and tomatoes via What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today
It's not always easy to make your own pastry, but when you can make what is essentially the thinest, crisp pizza ever, you do it. Try this one with pesto, tomato + an egg for the heck of it.
Quick cauliflower risotto with asparagus + cilantro-basil hemp seed pesto via Half Baked Harvest
Cauliflower seems to be the most versatile vegetable ever, transforming into all sorts of dishes including a healthier take on risotto. This one features a pesto that subs in hemp seeds + adds cilantro.
Avocado Pesto Chickpea Salad Sandwiches via Edible Perspective
Last but not least, the sandwich. Pesto is incredible on a sandwich, but you can be more original than a tomato + mozzarella one. This one is packed with chickpeas tossed in an avocado pesto.
So what's your favorite way to enjoy pesto? Let me know in the comments!