Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spinach Pesto (Dairy, Gluten and Nut Free)

What is Pesto?
Pesto is typically a combination of basil, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese.  This sauce originated in Italy and can be used in a variety of ways.  Pesto works well as a pizza sauce, salad dressing, sandwich condiment, pasta sauce or vegetable dip.
This recipe is far from the traditional, but is still loaded with flavour.  It is very easy to make and super healthy.  You can use pine nuts, however I decided to try pumpkin seeds in order to make it nut free.

  • 3 cups packed spinach
  • 1/2 cup basil (I have also used cilantro)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 water or as needed

  1. In a food processor or blender, purée all ingredients until well blended and smooth. Add more water if needed.
  2. Enjoy on a sandwich, pasta, pizza or as a vegetable dip.

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