Creamy Avocado Pesto

Creamy Avocado Pesto
Avocado pesto is definitely a treat.

With basil and pine nuts, the avocado pesto lends itself to classic pesto flavors with a twist. The first part of the twist is it’s packed with fiber-boosting broccoli that you can’t even taste. Secondly, it’s oil free yet still rich and creamy thanks to the avocado, which brings all the flavors together and adds a wonderful silky green color and texture.

This Creamy Avocado Pesto coats pasta wonderfully but is also extremely versatile. Because it doesn’t contain any dairy, it makes a great dish to pack for picnics and the beach. I made this dish as a side dish but to make it an entree, just add a few ounces of your favorite protein. Enjoy!

If you’re looking for outdoor summer salad inspiration, this is a great summer salad. It’s less fussy being outdoors because it doesn’t contain any cheese, milk, or egg. I hope you like it.

Creamy Avocado Pesto
 
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Serves: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces uncooked quinoa spiral pasta (or regular spiral pasta)
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 ripe California avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to directions, drain, and set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine steamed broccoli, garlic powder, avocado, pine nuts, basil, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of water. Add more water as needed to help process until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, toss cooked pasta with pesto sauce until well incorporated. Plate the pasta and top each dish with a handful of tomatoes and a few sprigs of fresh basil. Serve warm or chilled.
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  • http://www.sweetonveg.com/ Jennifer

    I love pesto sauce – one of my favourites! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks great!

    • http://dishbytrish.com Dish by Trish

      Thanks, Jennifer. I was pretty happy with the end result. Let me know if you try it.

  • http://www.vanilla-and-spice.com/ Genevieve

    I love your version of broccoli pesto – sounds like you made it even more creamy from the avocado, while still being super healthy! 

    • http://dishbytrish.com Dish by Trish

      Thanks for reading G! It’s super creamy. Hope you try it!

    • http://dishbytrish.com Dish by Trish

      Thanks for reading G! It’s super creamy. Hope you try it!

  • http://lemonsandanchovies.com/ Jean

    So I’m pretty stuck on my pesto sauce so I rarely ever look at other recipes. But yours? I LOVE everything you did here.  For one, you didn’t completely nix the basil but just enhanced with broccoli. I am also in favor of using another nut besides pine nuts so I use pistachio but why have I never tried almonds?  The avocado? Brilliant! Love this, Trish–I’m going to try it. :)

  • http://www.weeklybite.com/ Estela @ Weekly Bite

    Looks delicious! And that pesto sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it :)

  • http://www.thethreelittlepiglets.com/2012/02/cookies-and-cream-cupcakes/ Jen

    That would be delicious with chicken as well!  Love the flavor combination.

  • http://www.thethreelittlepiglets.com/2012/02/cookies-and-cream-cupcakes/ Jen

    That would be delicious with chicken as well!  Love the flavor combination.

  • http://swankydietitian.com/ Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    This pasta looks fabulous.
    I am trying to do more vegan dishes and with this, don’t even think I will miss the cheese!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=43202626 Alexandra Renee

    This was great. Great! I’ve never been a huge pesto fan, but since I’m on an avocado kick (seriously, it’s like one a day around these parts), this was right up my alley. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.dinedashdeadlift.com/ Tanya

    Oh I LOVE pesto, but it is so hard to find vegan versions. I’ll have to make this!

  • Hester

    OMG, looks super duper scrumptious!  The soaking of the almonds is a new one for me; I’ve never done that before.  So excited to try this, Trish!

  • Hester

    OMG, looks super duper scrumptious!  The soaking of the almonds is a new one for me; I’ve never done that before.  So excited to try this, Trish!