Since pesto is a “raw” sauce, the flavor of the olive oil is crucial to its success. Use the best first-cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil you can comfortably afford.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2005


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  • Place basil, mint, almonds, oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic and salt in a food processor; pulse a few times, then process until fairly smooth, or to the desired consistency.



Toasting nuts & seeds:
Sliced almonds or pepitas: Cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
Hazelnuts or walnuts: Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and lightly browned, 7 to 9 minutes.
After toasting, let hazelnuts cool for a few minutes, then rub together in a clean kitchen towel to release most of the papery skins.

Nutrition Facts

69.2 calories; protein 1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 1.7g 1% DV; exchange other carbs; dietary fiber 0.8g 3% DV; sugars 0.3g; fat 6.8g 10% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 4% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 611.7IU 12% DV; vitamin c 4.6mg 8% DV; folate 11.9mcg 3% DV; calcium 32.4mg 3% DV; iron 0.8mg 5% DV; magnesium 16.1mg 6% DV; potassium 70.1mg 2% DV; sodium 75.3mg 3% DV; thiaminmg 1% DV.