Easy (Dairy-free) Pesto

Last updated: March 2022

This is a delicious way to elevate most any lean protein! Pesto pairs perfectly with chicken, turkey, fish and pork. Make up a batch to have on hand to bump up the flavor of your favorite proteins.

Makes 1 cup
Serving size 1 tablespoon


  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil


  1. Lightly toast walnuts in saucepan, toaster oven or oven for 2-3 minutes at 400'F until golden brown and fragrant
  2. Pulse basil, walnuts, lemon juice and salt in a food processor until smooth consistency.
  3. Scrap down the sides and add the oil and blend until smooth consistency. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Nutrition facts

Per Serving

  • calories: 40
  • carbohydrates: 0.2g
  • fat: 4g
  • potassium: 19mg
  • protein: 0.4g
  • saturated fat: 0.5g
  • sodium: 74mg
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