How To Make Vegan Pesto
How to make a vegan, dairy-free pesto.
The thing is, making pesto is not an exact science. It's intuitive. It's flexible. And lucky for us dairy-free folks- whipping up fresh pesto sauce is easy-as-pie (I should say, easier than pie, because gluten-free vegan pie is not all that easy).
You can whip up a vegan pesto from any combination of fresh herbs, nuts and good tasting olive oil that your little heart desires. You can use cilantro or basil. Or both. Or try a light and fresh combo of mint, basil and parsley- my favorite. Choose pecans or walnuts or traditional pine nuts. Even hazelnuts.
Dairy-free sauce never packed so much goodness.
More than just a pasta sauce- pesto adds a big flavor boost to all kinds of recipes. Stir it into tomato sauce just before serving. Or plop a dollop into a bowl of Italian soup. Add a spoonful to stew. Schmear some on croutons, gluten-free toast and grilled cornbread. It's a fabulous base for pizza toppings.
You can also add pesto to roasted potato wedges and grilled vegetables. Stir it into polenta- or spread it on wedges of broiled polenta. It dresses up rice and risotto, pasta, noodles, and even grilled tortillas. It kicks up salad dressings and hummus.
For flexitarians, pesto is a bright, herbalicious accent for grilled salmon, shrimp, and fish. Not to mention, egg dishes. Pesto and huevos is a match made in ovo-lacto vegetarian heaven.
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How To Make Vegan Pesto - A Dairy-Free Recipe TemplateRecipe posted February 2008 by Karina Allrich.
2 cups, washed, loosely packed stemmed fresh herbs- basil, cilantro, parsley, mint
Combine the fresh herbs, nuts, and garlic in a food processor and process the mixture until it turns into a coarse meal.
Slowly add extra virgin olive oil in a steady drizzle as you pulse the processor on and off. Process until it becomes a smooth, light paste. Add enough olive oil to keep it moist and spreadable.
Season with sea salt, to taste.
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Pesto can darken if heated (basil turns black when hot) so add it to hot dishes (like cooked pasta) at the very last minute if the color is important to you.