Diet Friendly Pesto

Diet Friendly Pesto

I use this Diet Friendly Pesto recipe all the time and I just realized I didn’t even have it on my website…What’s up with that, I have no idea.

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 fresh 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 like mason jars to store in my fridge. They’re air tight and the pesto doesn’t seem to oxidize quite as fast. I also freeze it in ice cube trays and pop out as many cubes as I like whenever.

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

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


  • 3 cups Basil Leaves, packed
  • 2 cups Spinach Leaves, packed
  • 1/4 cup Pistachios, shelled {I buy them already roasted and shelled}
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Cold Water
  • 2/3 cup 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. If for whatever reason you don’t think it looks right, adjust the olive oil measurement accordingly.
  • Step 3 Finished product should have a beautiful green color and should be smooth. Easy and absolutely delicious. Enjoy with lots of recipes.

Savor and Enjoy!

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