This dilemma inspired me to create my own oil-free vegan pesto. It is simple, easy, and most importantly healthy. Typical pesto has about 80 calories per tablespoon. My healthier option has about 30 calories! With one recipe yielding 1 cup, make sure to double up because this will go quickly.
|Tomato, Ricotta, Pesto Pizza topped with Grilled Onions|
2 c spinach, well-packed
3/4 c raw walnut, halved
1/2 c basil leaves, well-packed
3 tbsp water
2 tsp garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
NOTE: Constantly TASTE the pesto, to make sure it is to your liking. When adding the salt, add a little less than the measured amount and work your way up to it. That way it does not become too salty for you.
Blend all ingredients well in a blender or food processor. Enjoy!
- Great as a spread, pizza sauce, pasta sauce, etc.
- If you have enough, feel free to replace the amount of spinach with basil leaves.
- Add nutritional yeast to add a cheesy touch (without the dairy).
- Feel free to experiment with other full-flavored nuts.