Vegan Kale Walnut Pesto
Pesto is one of my absolute favourite foods. It’s savoury and comforting and oh, so delicious. I used to buy store-bought pesto out of convenience but I now opt for making vegan versions of it at home and they taste great! I’ve made pesto with everything from avocado, to almonds, to swiss chard, to spinach and cilantro. As long as you have lots of garlic and basil you can’t go wrong. This vegan kale walnut pesto is made with kale, basil, walnuts, garlic, olive oil and sea salt.
Pesto Health Benefits
What are the health benefits of this beautiful sauce you ask? Well, where do I start! Actually, I’m not going to list them all here because there are way too many. To begin with, it’s packed with vitamin A, K, iron, protein, healthy omega-3 fatty acids and tons of antioxidants and those are just a few of the reasons to make home-made pesto a part of your diet.
What to Do With Pesto
My favourite thing to do with pesto is use it as a topping for pasta, but it also works great in wraps and sandwiches or as a dip for raw vegetables. Tonight we had our fresh pesto on a bed of organic brown rice fusili with raw red peppers, raw mushrooms, a handful of raw spinach and a few walnuts to top it off. It was perfect. Refreshing, full of flavour and packed-full of vitamins and nutrients.
To make this perfectly tangy pesto, you’ll need just a few everyday ingredients and just a few minutes. All you need to do is all everything to a food processor or blender, mix it up and you’re done. This pesto is amazing with zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, rice, on pizza or spread in a fully loaded veggie sandwich.
Oil-Free Pesto Recipes
I have two low-fat pesto recipes if you’re looking for an oil-free pesto. You can find them here:Print
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