This Easy Basil Pesto Recipe is the perfect condiment to upgrade your meals! A little dollop of this flavorful Italian sauce is perfect for pastas, sandwiches, and even makes a tasty salad dressing when mixed with a little vinegar. Packed with greens and healthy fats, it’s something you’ll want to have around all the time!
Is Pesto Healthy?
Gone are the days of shying away from fats! This healthy condiment, like My Famous Hummus Recipe, and my classic guacamole, are great sources of dietary fats that should be regularly included in a healthy diet.
Meals high in healthy fats, like the unsaturated fats found in nuts, avocados, and olive oil, and satiating and contain essential nutrients our bodies need to thrive.
Making pesto couldn’t be easier. Just whiz some greens in your food processor, add nuts (almonds are a favorite of mine, but try cashews, pine nuts or walnuts for a variation), garlic and parmesan cheese, then drizzle in some lemon juice and olive oil.
My family enjoys having pesto to add to a variety of dishes. It’s a great topping for so many dishes, and adds an elegant flavor punch.
How to Make Basil Pesto
Easy Basil Pesto
This tasty combination of greens, almonds, and parmesan cheese is a healthy and flavorful condiment. You'll want to have this in your refrigerator at all times once you've seen how easy it is to make!
- 2 cups fresh basil
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Add basil and spinach to a food processor, and process until chopped finely.
Add almonds and parmesan cheese, and continue to process until a paste is formed.
Add lemon juice, olive oil, and sea salt. Process, then taste, and add more lemon juice and sea salt to taste.