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Delicious Garlic Lemon Basil Sauce

When fresh basil is in season, flavor things up! This lemony basil sauce might be my new favorite way to use it. 

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green basil sauce in a white bowl

Homemade pesto is delicious in its own right. But this basil sauce is a flavorful alternative that that is dairy and nut-free. The addition of lemon juice gives it a bit of zing! 

Garlic lemon basil sauce

When you’re harvesting basil from the garden, be sure to make up a batch of this delicious sauce!

You’ll need a food processor or blender for this basil sauce recipe. You won’t be able to get the ingredients chopped finely enough by hand. 

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Use the leaves of the basil, removing them from the stems. 

Simply drop all of the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until pureed. It’s that simple! 

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Store this basil sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. To preserve this sauce longer, freeze in small containers. 

Use this sauce as a topping for grilled chicken, stir it into pasta salad, or mix it into mayonnaise for a flavorful sandwich spread.

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Delicious Garlic Lemon Basil Sauce

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Process Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 11 minutes

This basil sauce is flavorful and lemony, perfect for adding flavor to meals. It's a great option for people who need to eliminate dairy from their diet.


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Remove basil leaves from the stems. Wash and dry leaves.
  2. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process for 30 seconds or so; scrape down sides.
  3. Continue processing until the ingredients are pureed.
  4. Store basil sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze in small containers to preserve longer.


To use an immersion blender, combine ingredients in a wide-mouth jar. Pulse the immersion blender on and off, moving it up and down until all basil leaves are incorporated, then run blender until the sauce is fully pureed.

Drizzle this sauce over grilled chicken, toss it with pasta salad, or stir it into mayo for a flavorful sandwich spread.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 355mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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