Garden Fresh Pesto (Vegan)


Parsley, basil and cilantro.





Add a sprig of sage to food processor.

Add your fresh cut parsley.

Add fresh cilantro.

Add in fresh basil.

Add fresh spinach.

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (half of mine were raw and half were roasted).

1/4 cup pine nuts.

Add in 1 tsp crushed red pepper, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1 tsp sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste. Also add in about 1/4 cup olive oil.

Fresh pesto shot #1.

Fresh pesto shot #2.

Fresh pesto shot #3…can’t wait for supper time 🙂

Garden Fresh Pesto (Vegan)

1 sprig of fresh sage

10 or so sprigs of fresh parsley

20 or so sprigs of fresh cilantro

6-10 nice sized sprigs of fresh basil

2-3 cups fresh spinach

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup pine nuts

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 tsp crushed red pepper

1 tsp sea salt

fresh ground black pepper to taste

about 1/4 cup olive oil

Add fresh herbs, spinach, seeds, nuts and seasonings into food processor.  Start food processor and slowly add in olive oil.  Note:  You may not need the entire 1/4 cup of olive oil, all depends on the consistency of pesto you prefer.  Once fully “pesto-ized” taste to make sure you have a good balance of flavors, if needed add more seasonings or herbs to get the flavor you love.  Serve with noodles, tofu or however else you enjoy fresh pesto.




4 responses »

    • We have a huge herb garden every year, which a large portion is just basil because we love pesto and it is so easy to make. The varieties and variations you can do with it is amazing. I have used the typical pine nuts, but have also used almonds, pumpkin seeds and Brazil nuts. I have added spinach, kale, avocado, mustard greens, green onions…essentially what ever green I am craving or have on hand. You can also keep it vegan or add your favorite dry cheese—asiago, parmesan, and so on. During the spring/summer/fall we probably have pesto once a week and every time it is different.

      • We just moved (a little over 2 weeks ago) and thankfully we finally have a large yard, so I am looking forward to (and pre-planning) my next garden, herb garden, flowers…anything that we can eat and help support bees & butterflies. We actually have a few raised garden beds already here, and the one is just going to be basil.

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