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Arugula Basil Pesto

This quick and healthy Arugula Basil Pesto is so easy to make, full of fresh ingredients, and completely addictive!! 

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Originally, I wanted to call this recipe “Amazing Magical Out-of-this-World Green Pesto Sauce” because it’s so good, once you start eating it you won’t be able to stop. Unfortunately that title was a little long and might be hard to search for, so I went with Arugula Basil Pesto instead.

I made this recipe for the first time the other night and kept taking bite after bite- it’s so good! With bread, pretzels, crackers, by itself, it really didn’t matter, I tried it all. I was texting my sister Audrey about my newfound creation and she offered to be a taste tester…again (how kind of her) =) So luckily she came over and helped me finish it off.

This pesto is not only crazy good but also super easy to make. To make it, just add the cashews, pine nuts and nutritional yeast to a food processor or high powered blender.

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Blend on high until the nuts are broken into very small pieces, as small as you can get them. You may need to stop blending everything 15 seconds or so, to scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir. Then blend again.

Note- for the photo below, I actually tried using 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast (and decided it was way too much so I changed the recipe the second time around to only 1 tablespoon), so your pesto may look a little different (less yellow) than the photo below. 

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Next add the arugula, basil, olive oil, water, garlic powder and sea salt.

Arugula Basil Pesto | via veggiechick.com #vegan #glutenfree

Blend until combined, scraping down the sides and re-blending as necessary.

Arugula Basil Pesto | via veggiechick.com #vegan #glutenfree

That’s it! Use as a spread for sandwiches, or on french bread (my favorite).

Arugula Basil Pesto | via veggiechick.com #vegan #glutenfree

I’ve also eaten this on Roasted Spaghetti Squash = perfection.

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Arugula-Basil Pesto (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This quick and healthy Arugula Basil Pesto is so easy to make, full of fresh ingredients, and completely addictive!!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Vegan, Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 2 cups packed fresh arugula
  • 1 1/2 cups packed fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt

Instructions

  1. Add the cashews, pine nuts and nutritional yeast to a food processor or high powered blender. Blend until the nuts are broken into very small pieces, as small as you can get them. You may need to stop blending every 15 seconds or so, to scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir.
  2. Then add the arugula, basil, olive oil, water, garlic powder and sea salt. Blend until combined, scraping down the sides and re-blending as necessary.
  3. Use as a spread for sandwiches, or on french bread (my favorite). I’ve also eaten this on Roasted Spaghetti Squash = perfection.

Serving size = 2 tablespoons

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4 Comments

  • I love how thick this pesto is, the perfect texture to be spread on bread!

    Reply
    • Thanks Sarah! French bread is my favorite! =)

      Reply
  • This recipe is AMAZING! My new favorite!

    Reply
    • Thanks Audrey! 😉 Glad you liked it!

      Reply

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