Try making this healthy and delicious Pea Shoot and Basil Pesto, ready in just five minutes!

Pea Shoot and Basil Pesto
Happy new year, everyone! It’s the first Monday of the year, and that likely means most of you are back to regular scheduled programming. It can be a little difficult getting going after the holiday, for sure, but we’re doing our best to ease back into things gently.

This month marks an exciting new beginning for us, particularly because Jeremy has officially left his bakery gig behind and we’re doing The Food Gays full time! We’re both really excited about some upcoming projects we have lined up, most notably a Vancouver city-guide we’re writing for an international publisher based in Asia.

You can expect to see much more recipe content here on the blog as well. We’ve just partnered with Urban Cultivator, who make an indoor garden unit that allows you to grow organic microgreens and herbs all year round – and let’s just say, we’re awfully excited about it.

We had the residential unit installed in our kitchen about two weeks ago, and have already seen success with our first harvest of spicy arugula microgreens and wheatgrass. The Urban Cultivator is temperature and light controlled, and even self-waters too – leaving very little hands-on work for the user. Microgreens grown from an Urban Cultivator are packed with flavor, and we’re enjoying sprinkling them on just about everything these days.

Pea Shoot and Basil Pesto

Along with our residential unit, Urban Cultivator gave us an abundance of pea shoots and basil to play with. Immediately we knew a pesto would be a great use of all these beautiful greens, but we had no idea how delicious the combination would be.

We added plenty of fresh garlic, and used toasted English walnuts instead of pine nuts, which gave the pesto a slightly complex, nutty flavor. Roasted garlic would be a great addition here, too.

The thing we love most about pesto is how incredibly versatile it is. So far this week we’ve slathered it on a pizza, added it to a sandwich, and mixed it into mashed potatoes. It basically makes everything taste incredible.


Pea Shoot and Basil Pesto

Pea Shoot and Basil Pesto


  • 1 cup pea shoots
  • 1 cup basil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup english walnuts
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Add everything to a food processor or high-powered blender. Blitz until well combined.
  2. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.