Creamy Avocado Pesto

Creamy Avocado Pesto
Looking for outdoor summer salad inspiration? I’ve got you covered.

With basil and pine nuts, this creamy pesto lends itself to classic pesto flavors with a twist. This pesto is actually oil free, yet still rich and creamy. It’s packed with fiber-boosting broccoli that you can’t even taste. The secret ingredient is the wonderful 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!

Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta

Author: Dish by Trish
Servings: 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:

Cook pasta according to directions, drain, and set aside.

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.

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.

14 thoughts on “Creamy Avocado Pesto

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

  2. 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. :)

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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