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Arugula-Macadamia Pesto Shrimp

A bright and peppery pesto that pairs great with shrimp and chicken. Easy to prepare and quick to cook, this arugula-macadamia pesto shrimp will be on your table in less than thirty minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1.5 lbs fresh shrimp skewered
  • 3.5 cups packed arugula
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 juiced lemon yields about 2 tbsp
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  • Combine arugula, macadamia nuts, parmesan, garlic and lemon into a food processor. Pulse a few times to break up ingredients.  Turn food processor on and slowly drizzle olive oil into food processor until desired consistency. Taste and add salt & pepper for desired taste. 
  • Brush pesto over both sides of skewered shrimp. Over high heat, cook shrimp on grill or griddle. Cook 3-4 minutes per side until shrimp is firm and no longer translucent.  
  • Serve with lemon wedges.


You can also mix a little basil with the arugula for a varied flavor.