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Diet Friendly Pesto

Diet Friendly Pesto

I use this Diet Friendly Pesto recipe in a lot of my dishes. From pasta to grilled chicken. This is a lighter version from your typical homemade pesto.

I am totally pesto obsessed. This is my favorite time of year when I can get big sweet basil plants and have fresh basil on hand all the time. Homemade pesto is a staple in my house, I flavor sauces with it, marinades, dressings, pasta and salads.

The options are endless and it’s a lot easier to prepare and store than you would think. The only problem with pesto is that it oxidizes very quickly. I use mason jars to store in my fridge. They’re air tight and the pesto doesn’t seem to oxidize quite as fast.

So this brings me to my “diet” friendly pesto. I say this very lightly because even if it wasn’t diet friendly I would still eat it regardless. I’m not about the traditional pesto at all, I typically use what I have on hand and I’m always trying new flavors.

Utilize this pesto with any recipe to give it a fresh and tasty twist. This recipe is so versatile that you can add great flavor to any dish and not feel guilty.

Diet Friendly Pesto

Diet Friendly Pesto

26 April, 2013
: Makes 8 Ounces
: 5 min
: 5 min
: Easy


  • 3 cups Basil Leaves, packed
  • 1 cup Spinach Leaves, packed
  • 1/4 cup Pistachios, shelled {I buy them already roasted and shelled}
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons Cold Water
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Step 1 In a food processor or blender add all ingredients except olive oil. Begin blending everything together and start drizzling in the olive oil. Blend until smooth.
  • Step 2 If you like a chunkier pesto add less olive oil, if you like a smoother pesto add more olive oil.
  • Step 3 Transfer to a airtight container. Try to eliminate any air space in the container to keep the pesto from oxidizing. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy with lots of recipes.

Diet Friendly Pesto

Savor and Enjoy!

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