I love pesto! If a restaurant has a dish that includes pesto, I often have a difficult time resisting the urge to order it (unless the meal has lots of gluten or dairy in it, like cheesy pasta). Like curry, it’s a mixture. Although Italian basil pine nut pesto with Parmesan or Romano cheese is the most popular, there are several different varieties consisting of all kind of herb and spice combinations, however unlike curry, the flavorful mixtures are much simpler. Pesto recipes are rather adjustable, too; you can make them however you like. They can be oil-based, cream-based, oil-free and made into sauces or spreads. Most recipes either include nuts, cheese or both with leafy herbs and oil. You can put them on vegetables, bread, crackers, pasta, grains, salads, etc.

My favorite way to make pesto that’s healthier for you is with lots of soaked nuts and greens, a bit of oil and sometimes nutritional yeast. It’s easy to make. You just soak and rinse the nuts, trim the greens, add a couple more ingredients, and grind it all up in a food processor or blender. That’s it. Here’s the cashew-based basil pesto recipe I posted earlier, which also Includes carrot greens. I used to make it without carrot greens until I learned that they are so nutritious, containing lots of vitamins and minerals, like potassium and vitamin K to name a few. Carrot greens are also a good source of chlorophyll.

Here are some other pesto recipes that I’m eager to try out. You can “veganize” the recipes that have cheese by substituting with nutritional yeast or leaving out the cheese and yeast.

Cashew Basil Pesto With VeggiesVegan Pesto Recipes
Pine Nut Pesto

Kale Walnut Meyer Lemon Pesto

Kale Chickpea and Asparagus Pesto

Kale Basil Pesto with Nutritional Yeast

Broccoli Stem Pesto

Asian Pesto Sauce

Swiss Chard Pesto

Roasted Eggplant & Almond Pesto

Mixed Herb Pesto

Sage Pesto

Thai Lemongrass Pesto

Red Pepper Pesto

Sweet Pea Pesto

Spirulina Pesto with White Miso

Vegetarian Pesto Recipes (contain cheese)
Almond & Thyme Pesto

Lemon Thyme Chive Spinach Pesto

Watercress Pesto

Avocado Spinach Pesto

Garlic Scape & Sorrel Pesto

Artichoke Lemon Pesto

Three Basil Pesto

Arugula Pesto

Lemon Verbena Pesto

Roasted Shallot and Tarragon Pesto

Collard Green Olive Pesto

Dill Pesto

Carrot Pesto

Other Pesto Recipes
Coriander Pesto (contains fish sauce)

Which kind of pesto do you make? What do you eat it with?

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