Make Ahead

Avocado Pesto

June 13, 2012
0 Ratings
  • Serves 2-4
Author Notes

I won a box of avocados earlier this year, and went through lots of avocado recipes using them up. One of my favorites was this creamy avocado pesto. Especially in the middle of winter, it's a light and creamy reminder of summer. I love pesto in any and all varieties, but this one is the perfect rich and decadent version when you want to make something special. And it only takes seconds! —Meatballs&Milkshakes

What You'll Need
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1 cup basil
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor and blend. I like to put the cheese and nuts in first to make sure they get ground up before you introduce the other ingredients, otherwise you might get pieces of cheese or nuts that stay whole in the final sauce.
  2. Spoon onto scallops, toss with hot pasta, spread on a sandwich, or use in any way you might use regular pesto!

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  • aargersi
  • JanetFL
  • Meatballs&Milkshakes
  • Linda
I'm an ex-finance, nonprofit fundraiser by day and a (mostly) Italian cook and blogger by night. I love having friends over for dinner and my favorite evenings are when we spend them at home together cooking dinner and chatting. I'm an avid cooking show fan, and my favorite eating cities are New York, San Francisco, Paris, and Rome.

5 Reviews

Linda February 10, 2018
How long will this keep?
Meatballs&Milkshakes February 10, 2018
A couple days, basically how long avocado will keep.
aargersi June 14, 2012
love love love this!!!!
JanetFL June 13, 2012
Great idea - will give it a try! Thank you!
hope you enjoy it!