A much lighter pesto than what normally pops up under the name but truly refreshing with a wide range of foods. I especially like to thin the pesto down with olive oil and lemon juice and utilise it as a salad dressing.
500ml basil leaves, tightly packed when measured
80ml thyme/oregano leaves
3 cloves of garlic, minced
60ml pine nuts
juice of one lemon
about 125ml – 250ml olive oil, depending on the consistency you are after
Add the basil, thyme, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice and a pinch of salt to the bowl of a blender .
Drizzle in 125ml olive oil with the machine running and process the mixture until very finely minced. Scrape down in between blitzing so that you get all of the bits. The additional olive oil may also be added now, depending on the consistency you want – it can always be thinned down at a later stage.
Taste the pesto and adjust the seasoning/salt.
Store the pesto in a glass jar in the refrigerator.