|This pesto sauce with basil, arugula, scallions, and lemon is fantastic with grilled fish, chicken, or vegetables.|
When I shared the recipe for Ultra Easy Avocado Sauce, I mentioned how I'm a sauce person. I love the way an easy sauce can dress up simple grilled fish, chicken, meat, or vegetables for quick summer meal. The sauce shown here on grilled salmon is a kicked-up version of my beloved Basil Pesto with Lemon, with arugula, scallions, walnuts, and a touch of mayo turning it into a flavor-filled creamy sauce for just about anything you'd like to eat it on. When I had leftovers of this in my fridge, I ate it on almost everything I cooked until it was gone, and if you like these flavors I'm guessing this might become one of your favorite summer sauces.
Then add the olive oil, lemon juice, and mayo and blend until you have a sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
This sauce will dress up any kind of grilled fish, chicken, meat, or vegetables, and I also liked it as a spread for sandwiches and as a sauce over Greek Frittata. I bet you can think of a lot more ideas for using it!
(Makes about 2 cups of sauce; recipe created by Kalyn.)
1 cup (packed) basil leaves
1 cup (packed) baby arugula leaves
1/2 cup sliced scallions (green onions)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or use any nuts you'd like)
1-2 large cloves garlic
2 T olive oil
2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
4 T mayo or light mayo
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Wash basil and arugula if needed and spin dry or dry with paper towels. Chop walnuts, scallions, and garlic. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the basil, arugula, scallions, walnuts, and garlic until they are finely chopped. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and mayo and process until the sauce is all blended. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve.
This sauce will keep in the refrigerator for at least a week (mine didn't last longer than that!)
Ten Things I'd Love to Eat with This Sauce:
Marinated Flank Steak
Grilled Flat Iron Steak
Completely Foolproof 100% Delicious Grilled Chicken
Grilled Pork Chops with Lemon, Garlic, and Sage
Herb Encrusted Grilled Salmon
Grilled Fish with Garlic, Basil, and Lemon - for Halibut, Tilapia, or Mahi-Mahi
Grilled Spicy Tuna
Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Red Pepper, Parsley, and Mint
South Beach Suggestions:
It would be best to use light mayo if making this for the South Beach Diet, and it's calorie dense so use portion control. As long as you're only eating a few tablespoons of it at a time, this would be a great sauce for grilled fish, chicken, or vegetables for any phase of the diet.
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.
More Ideas for Summer Sauces:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Ultra Easy Avocado Sauce or Dip
Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Aioli Sauce
Basil Chimichurri Sauce from Sarah's Cucina Bella
Lemon Basil Almond Pesto from The Taste Space
Roasted Vegetables with Creamy Meyer Lemon Dipping Sauce from The Perfect Pantry
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)