I have a thing about pesto. The name “pesto” conjures up in my mind as faux-Italian restaurants that serve bland, oily green sludge, filled with too many pine nuts, and loosely call it pesto.
Real pesto deserves to be treated with love and respect. Superfoodify it with a little innovation and love – and you’ve got an easy basil pesto that you can whip up for dinner and serve on anything and everything.
I’ve included walnuts (instead of Parmesan cheese), which are just delicious and happen to be a potent cancer fighter. Walnuts have been proven to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 30% and are packed with anti-inflammatory alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that protects against heart disease.
Avocados work overtime here and give this basil pesto a heavenly creamy texture with less calories than traditional pesto. You should know that we have a serious love affair with avocados here at Daily Superfood Love.
What I love about this easy basil pesto recipe is that it works with whatever is hiding out in your pantry.
Don’t have basil? No worries, substitute cilantro and it’s just as delicious. No walnuts in your cupboard? Use pecans or pistachios. The combinations are endless, just let your taste be your guide.
Easy Basil Pesto Recipe
- 2 ounces or ½ cup walnuts or pecans
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves (or two handfuls) or cilantro
- 2 Hass avocados
- ¼ cup Ava Jane Extra-Virgin Avocado Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sea salt
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- Juice of one half lemon
- Food processor or immersion blender
- Cut avocados in half, remove seed, and skin.
- Lightly crush garlic and remove the skin.
- Add basil, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, oil, walnuts, and avocado in food processor.
- Place the avocado last on top as it will sink when blending and help make the pesto creamy.
- Process for one minute. If it looks velvety enough, you’re done! If not process it for another 30 seconds.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning, if needed.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve and enjoy!
Note: The best way to remove an avocado from its skin is to scoop the flesh out with a large (stainless steel) spoon. Be sure to get as close to the skin as possible. This is packed with powerful skin loving antioxidants.