Pesto is one of those super simple condiments that are so easy to keep in the fridge and will dramatically improve the quality of many of your meals. Basil is easy to come by in the summer months, and a cold pasta salad with a touch of basil pesto is an amazing addition to any summer barbecue spread. Most people swear by lemon in their pesto, I like to keep mine lemon free, it stays bright green longer, and I can always add a touch of lemon when I add the pesto to a given dish.
This pesto recipe uses walnuts instead of pine-nuts, but feel free to substitute whatever nuts you might have lying around your kitchen or omit them entirely if you are allergic. Try using a lighter, more delicate olive oil in this recipe and let the fresh basil shine through!