Avocado Pesto Sauce (Nut-Free, Vegan)

Surprisingly, I’ve never been a huge fan of avocados.

Yes, avocados are incredibly healthy. They provide essential nutrients, including fiber, folic acid, potassium, vitamin E and B-vitamins. Not to mention their abundance of heart-healthy fats, which may help lower cholesterol and aid in the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals in our bodies.

The only problem is that their taste and texture have always been a little off-putting to me. (I didn’t even grow to like guacamole until I was well into college!)

Which is why I tend to sneak avocados into all sorts of things, like smoothies, puddings and dressings.

And now, into sauces like this one.

Free of nuts, dairy and oils, this pesto sauce can be enjoyed quite liberally over your favorite noodles and veggies. A ripe avocado lends its smooth and creamy texture to this rich sauce, completed with fresh basil, garlic and lemon juice.

The result is a light, but decadent-tasting dish–> one that is ready in less than 10 minutes!

Avocado Pesto Sauce (Nut-Free, Vegan)
serves 1

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup fresh basil, tightly packed
1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste

Directions:

To get started, add the fresh basil, lemon juice and garlic into a mini food processor, and process until the basil is broken down a bit.

Add the flesh of the ripe avocado, and the 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and process again until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides, as necessary.

Taste the pesto, and adjust seasonings, if necessary.

Serve over your favorite pasta and/or veggies, and enjoy!

5 from 14 votes
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Avocado Pesto Sauce (Nut-Free, Vegan)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Free of nuts, dairy and oils, this pesto sauce can be enjoyed quite liberally over your favorite noodles and veggies. A ripe avocado lends its smooth and creamy texture to this rich sauce, and is complimented with fresh basil, garlic and lemon juice. The result is a light, but decadent-tasting dish--> one that is ready in less than 10 minutes!
Course: Main Course
Servings: 1
Calories: 331 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil , tightly packed
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt , or more to taste
Instructions
  1. To get started, add the fresh basil, lemon juice and garlic into a mini food processor, and process until the basil is broken down a bit.
  2. Add the flesh of the ripe avocado, and the 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and process again until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides, as necessary.
  3. Taste the pesto, and adjust seasonings, if necessary.
  4. Serve over your favorite pasta and veggies, and enjoy!

I recently enjoyed my pesto sauce over some kelp noodles. 

For those of you new to kelp noodles, the texture is a little unusual– they are crunchy, rather than soft and squishy like traditional noodles– but, if you’re not expecting the traditional texture of pasta, they’re a great noodle alternative!

They even “twirl” like traditional noodles!

Since they are rather bland and flavorless, kelp noodles will absorb the flavor of any sauce you top them with. The perfect pairing for this bright and flavorful pesto sauce!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Reader Feedback: Are you an avocado fan? Have you ever tried kelp noodles?

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Comments

Sheila

“Hi Megan, I can’t wait to try this recipe of yours for it really looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :).I also found this non-allergenic pesto, it’s delicious and nutritious! ” http://www.digitalcookingclasses.com/fresh-basil-pesto/

PhatUnicorn

This sounds amazing, but I have one question about the ingredients. It says 1 1/2 TBSP lemon juice is equivalent to ‘about 1 lemon’. Maybe we’re using different types of lemon, but I get way, way more juice out of one lemon than 1.5 TBSP…

Ivalu

Thanks! That was pretty amazing 🙂 and super fast too. Not the last time, for sure!

Kim

Wholly YUM! Made this for lunch tomorrow and kinda ate half of it. Not sure how well it keeps but it is delicious fresh. Perfection

Krista

About how long does the avocado pesto last in the fridge? I am thinking of making it today but wouldnt eat it until probably Sunday or Monday!

nina

Damn good, and easy! Thank you detoxinista XOXO

Wendy

Where is the calorie count per serving

Ewa

My daughter has a tree nut allergy so she can’t have pine nuts. She also has a dairy sensitivity. We have really missed pesto. Even my son and husband who don’t care for avocado, loved this pesto. Thank you!

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