Avocados add a silky consistency and cheese-like richness to this dairy-free pesto recipe. Toss it with pasta, spread it on baguette slices to make bruschetta, or use it for a healthy mayo substitute on your sandwich.
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
1 large bunch fresh basil
2 ripe avocados
½ cup walnuts or hemp seeds
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Ground pepper to taste
Strip basil leaves from the stems and add to a food processor along with avocados, walnuts (or hemp seeds), lemon juice, garlic and salt; pulse until finely chopped. Add oil and process to form a thick paste. Season with pepper.
Make Ahead Tip: Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent browning and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
126 calories;13 g fat(2 g sat); 2 g fiber; 3 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 26 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 236 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 14 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 37 mg sodium; 151 mg potassium
I made recipe without changes but find it a little bitter what can I add it?
September 04, 2016
By: Lynn Murphy
Vegans and non vegans alike will love this delicious and healthy pesto. Finally a pesto I can make easily and my family and guests love it. Thanks so much.
July 24, 2016
By: EatingWell User
Better than regular pesto or guacamole
I love this recipe, so much flavor and a perfectly creamy texture. I love it more than regular pesto, because you can do so much more with it. I made nachos and ate it dolloped on that, but I have also eaten it on hamburgers and veggies.
Pros: quick, easy, delicious
Cons: you might eat the whole bowl yourself
June 28, 2015
By: EatingWell User
Made this for my family. I usually use a basil walnut recipe but had excess avocados (I know, though life, right?) so I made this instead. Comparing the two, this was more creamy. The other however has parmesan cheese in it which I think adds more flavor than the avocados can offer. I would make this again but still prefer the other recipe.