There was something different about the basil at the Farmer's Market this week. It drew a crowd. Everyone was grabbing a bunch and smelling it. It was lemon basil. You could actually smell the lemon scent from a few feet away. I've used lemon basil before but it always had a subtle lemon smell and flavor. This was vibrant. I bought a couple of bunches and knew I had to make pesto. This was so delicious I was eating it by the spoonful.
LEMON BASIL PESTO
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves (I used lemon basil)
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese
Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the olive oil and process until fully incorporated and to the consistency you like. Season with salt and pepper.
Transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in the cheese.
I spread the pesto on a piece of Scottish salmon and baked in the oven at 375~ for 20 minutes.