Garlic Mint Pesto

I have been on a mission lately to find new and exciting recipes using the mint out of my garden. There is only so much tea you can drink 🙂 For my opinion on growing mint in your garden, check out My Love Hate Relationship with Mint!

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I wanted to make pesto chicken this week and my basil supply is getting a little low. I have been using it so much lately, I am actually running out of leaves. So I started looking in the gardens for some pesto inspiration and stopped in my tracks when I came to the mint!

I was a little worried it would taste strange. I mean when you think pesto, you don’t usually think mint, but I was so pleasantly surprised by how good it was, I had to rush right to my laptop to tell you all about it!

GARLIC MINT PESTO

makes 1 small jar of pesto

  • 3 cups fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Olive oil

Wash your mint leaves and put in food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Add walnuts, parmesan , garlic, salt and pepper. Blend away until chopped up into very small pieces. Add lemon juice and enough olive oil until you get the desired consistency. I like mine thick, but if you like it thin, just keep adding olive oil.

I hope you have a chance to try this recipe. It is so refreshing, I cannot wait to try it out with my pesto chicken!

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My Love Hate Relationship With Mint


I have a garden full of gorgeous mint! Peppermint and chocolate mint grow effortlessly along the house, adding a green and aromatic display of freshness. It is so pretty, I really do love it!


Every year, it grows into the grass and we have to mow it down with the lawnmower. It also spreads like a disease and grows threw my deck, gets tangled in my hose and pops up every where you don’t want mint! It is so invasive, I really do hate it!


In the fall when I start cleaning out the gardens, I chop down the mint and let it hang in the mud room. Once dried, it makes the most amazing, natural tea ever! I even have people asking me for it! I can make peppermint and chocolate mint tea! It tastes so good, I really do love it!


Other than tea, there isn’t a whole lot of uses for mint that I have found. There is just to much to use it all making tea, and I hate wasting it. I always feel edible plants should serve their purpose, but what else can you do with mint (other than make a mean mojoto!) It is so much work for so little, I really do hate it!


So you see my problem? Mint and I have a love hate relationship! But I the end, I like it enough to keep it around, but hope to find some new uses for it soon!

Any ideas would be very helpful. Please comment your thoughts and help a girl out 😁