Wild Northerner Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 72

Zesty Avocado Pesto

A fresh spread with endless possibilities!


2 cups fresh basil

1 handful spinach (optional)

2 garlic cloves, minced

Zest from ½ lemon

Juice from ½ lemon

¼ cup nutritional yeast (dairy-free, nutritious cheese alternative)

¼ cup pine nuts (sub for walnuts, slivered almonds)

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil* (+1-2 Tbsp oil or water)

¼ tsp salt, more to taste

1/8 tsp black pepper, more to taste

1/2 ripe avocado

Add all ingredients (except avocado) to a small or medium food processor and blend until well combined. Add more oil or water to adjust consistency. Add salt, pepper or lemon juice to taste. To obtain creamier, more spreadable pesto blend in avocado. Enjoy this fresh, zesty pesto with toast, sandwiches, burgers, pasta,

quinoa, spaghetti squash, zoodles…you name it!

Refrigerate and consume within 3-5 days.