Pesto is a summer staple, whether it’s tossed over a fresh pasta salad, used as a dip or drizzled over grilled veggies. While it’s commonly made with basil, we thought we’d shake it up, get creative and swap in some other unique ingredients like kale, roasted red peppers, peas and even avocado. We may be straying from the classic, but dare we say these basil-free recipes will make you fall even deeper in love with pesto!

1. Avocado Parsley Pesto

Serving: 1 cup

Ingredients:
½ avocado
1 cup parsley
1 garlic clove
1 Tbsp lemon
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ tsp sea salt
A few cracks of pepper or ¼ tsp pepper
2-3 Tbsp water to thin out

Directions:
Place all ingredients except for the water into the food processor, blitz and add 1 Tbsp of water at a time until you reach the desired creamy consistency.

2. Kale Macadamia Nut Pesto

Serving: 1 cup

Ingredients:
3 cups kale
½ cup toasted macadamia nuts
4 Tbsp grated Parmesan (optional)
2 small garlic clove
2 Tbsp lemon juice
⅔ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
A few cracks of pepper

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until desired consistency, smooth or slightly chunky.

3. Pea Pistachio Pesto

Serving: 1 cup

Ingredients:
1 cup peas, cooked from frozen or fresh
2 Tbsp fresh mint
¼ cup pistachios
¼ cup Parmesan (optional)
1 garlic clove
2 Tbsp lemon
1 tsp lemon zest
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp sea salt
A few cracks of pepper or ¼ tsp pepper

Directions:
1. Pulse the pistachios in the food processor until a crumbly texture forms.
2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and blitz until smooth.

4. Roasted Red Pepper Sunflower Pesto

Serving: 1 cup

Ingredients:
1 cup roasted red peppers (about 1 ½ peppers)
¼ cup toasted sunflower seeds
⅓ cup parsley
1 garlic clove
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ tsp sea salt
A few cracks of pepper

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until desired consistency, smooth or slightly chunky.

5. Mixed Herb Walnut Pesto

Serving: Heaping ½ cup

Ingredients:
½ cup mint
½ cup cilantro
1 cup parsley
⅓ cup toasted walnuts
1 garlic clove
2 Tbsp lemon
⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ tsp sea salt
A few cracks of pepper

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until desired consistency, smooth or slightly chunky.

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