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Raw Vegan Parsley Pesto

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vegan parsley pesto

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Today I share with you a simple recipe for vegan parsley pesto. Parsley is the world’s most popular herb and one of my favorites. It’s an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A (beta-carotene), folate, and iron.

If parsley is not your favorite herb, feel free to use another. For vegan pesto you can also use any type of herb you like or a combination of herbs and greens. Some of the herbs and greens you can use to make vegan pesto are: parsley, basil, cilantro, mint, spinach, arugula, and stinging nettles. I also like to add raw or sun dried tomatoes and raw red bell peppers occasionally.

For vegan pesto, you can also use different types of nuts, such as pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, cashews, Brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts or macadamia nuts.

I also like to use a little bit of nutritional yeast, chickpea miso paste, and lemon juice to get a cheesy flavor without using cheese.

Most pesto recipes call for a lot of oil, but I prefer to use the oil sparingly to save on the fat calories. Feel free to add more oil to your liking.

I made this raw vegan parsley pesto in the food processor with the S-blade, but you could also use a high speed blender.

Feel free to use it as a dip for veggies or if you have a spiral vegetable slicer you can pour it over a nice plate of raw zucchini pasta or your favorite gluten free pasta. Enjoy!

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Vegan Parsley Pesto

1 cup tightly packed flat leaf parsley
1 cup chopped red bell pepper (orange or yellow bell pepper are fine too)
1/2 cup shelled raw walnuts
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1-2 cloves raw garlic
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2-3 teaspoons chickpea miso* (by Miso Master)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon paprika powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper or to taste
sea salt (only if needed, miso should be salty enough)

Add the raw garlic cloves to an empty food processor with the S-blade and run on high until the garlic is minced. Add the rest of the ingredients except the olive oil and run on high until the ingredients blend together. While the food processor is still running, slowly drizzle the olive oil through the chute. Taste and adjust for seasonings. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Will keep in the fridge a few days. Makes just over a cup of vegan parsley pesto.

*If you don’t have chickpea or another mellow sweet miso, you can use about 1/2 teaspoon sea salt instead.

  • You can get organic farmer direct walnuts here.

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1 Ales { 06.17.14 at 5:44 am }

Hello. How many servings do you get from this recipe? Thank you.

2 Cecilia { 08.06.14 at 6:43 pm }

Hi Ales,
Thank you for stopping by. If one cup has 16 tablespoons then I would say that a serving size would be about 1-2 tablespoons, so it might be 8 or 16 servings depending on how much you use. Hope this helps!

Best Wishes,

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