This recipe has been tailored to accompany the Edible Learning Lab Teaching Kitchen collection of lessons. The simplified instructions make it an ideal recipe for young students. It is intended to accompany the lesson, Grate It.
Lime basil pesto is much more of a dinner theme than a recipe in our home. It’s an easy recipe to make with kids and the only thing that trumps the aromas that hit your nose is the vibrancy of the green that you see.
When we make this pesto it anchors several recipes that will be enjoyed in succession: pasta, pizza, and chicken paninis. We typically create a double batch and freeze whatever is left. That’s not usually much but enough to insert into a future dish.
Basil was one of the first plant varieties I selected when planning the first planting in our flagship Edible Learning Lab in Buffalo, WY. Basil is easy to grow in hydroponics or soil, it responds well to pruning for maximum yield, and it comes in a variety of flavors. Lime basil was new to me so I had low expectations. But this variety is prolific, especially in hydroponic towers. It grows like a weed which is perfect for making pesto.
You can certainly substitute traditional basil or any other special basil variety that you like. This recipe is versatile and you should make it your own. Once you have a fresh batch of lime basil pesto completed, use it to prepare the following recipes:
- Lime Basil Pesto Pasta
- Chicken Pesto Panini
- Pesto Bruschetta