Few recipes capture the flavor of summer like a fresh basil pesto sauce. This quick and simple paleo recipe can be used on your favorite spiralized noodles, on top of grilled chicken, or simply tossed with roasted vegetables to create a memorable paleo summer salad.
We've replaced the classic pine nuts with cashews in this recipe. Cashews have a similar nutty flavor, and they tend to be less expensive. Plus, if you have leftover cashews you can always soak them to make cashew milk or another tasty paleo sauce!
You can also mix equal parts of this paleo pesto with your homemade mayo and you've got a creamy and rich pesto dip. It's always a great idea to double this recipe, because it definitely won't last long in the fridge!
This amazingly bright and sunny pesto is also vegan. That's right, it's paleo AND it's vegan. How is this possible? Most pesto sauces are loaded up with dairy-rich Parmesan cheese. The secret ingredient is nutritional yeast.
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and it has a very distinctively cheesy flavor. Vegans have used it for decades as a cheese replacement, and the paleo community is learning to embrace this delicious cheese substitute.
Makes approximately 2 cups of pesto sauce.
Recipe adapted from www.Food52.com
1. In a food processor, pulse basil, cashews and garlic until everything is roughly chopped.
2. While the motor is running, drizzle olive oil into the food processor until a thick pesto paste forms. Add lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and sea salt and pulse until well combined. Adjust salt and lemon juice to taste.
3. Serve with fresh, roasted or grilled vegetables and meats. Mix with equal parts mayo for a delicious dipping sauce and spread.