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creamy avocado basil pesto

Are you sick of avocados yet?

I’m not.

My apologies if you are.

You would think I didn’t know they existed until 6 months ago.  Before that we were just acquaintances, now we’re deeply in love.  Head over heels.

Creamy Avocado Basil Pesto | Edible Perspective

While I love a good basil pesto I’m not always in the mood for an oily sauce.  Sometimes, that oily consistency is just not what I’m after.

Add an avocado and the problem is solved.

Creamy Avocado Basil Pesto | Edible Perspective

If your garden is bursting at the seams with basil this recipe will use a full cup.  If your basil looks like death [*cough* mine] then you’ll need to buy a few handfuls.

Just a light rinse, a pat dry, and loosely packing the leaves into a measuring cup. 

Creamy Avocado Basil Pesto | Edible Perspective

A few spins in your food processor and this vibrant, creamy sauce is complete.

Creamy Avocado Basil Pesto | Edible Perspective

Print this!

Creamy Avocado Basil Pesto [yields just under 1 cup]

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil
  • 1.5 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1.5 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp black pepper
  1. In a small pan over medium-low heat toast your walnuts, stirring frequently, until golden brown.  About 5-8 minutes. 
  2. In your food processor add the garlic + walnuts and pulse until ground.
  3. Add in the avocado, basil, olive oil, lemon juice, salt + pepper.  Start with 1/4 tsp s+p.
  4. Process until a smooth consistency is reached, scraping the bowl as necessary.
  5. Taste and add salt + pepper if desired.
  6. Refrigerate in a sealed container for 2-3 days.

Your options for use are endless.  From a sandwich spread with quick GF flat bread, to pasta, to a tomato stack.  Whatever your fancy.

Creamy Avocado Basil Pesto | Edible Perspective

Check back Friday for a follow-up recipe featuring this pesto sauce.

And because I know you all love a nice kitchen mess…

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Reader Comments (32)

Um.....yeah, I have every ingredient ready to go! Lunch tomorrow!!!
July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Never sick of avocad.... keep em coming!
I have tons of basil! Use it!!

Ashley--> Nice!! I forgot! It came in the Mile High Organics box this week, but now I will know to come pick your plant instead of buying more. Thanks!
July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey
This sounds awesome!
I'm in love with avocados too and pesto is the's a match made in food heaven! Can't wait for the follow-up!
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim@hungryhealthygirl
I'm bursting with basil in my garden. Its funny, I never want to actually pick things from my garden because it looks so pretty haha. But I guess the point is to eat from it right. This looks incredibly creamy and delicious, I love love pesto.
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
That stack of tomatos and basil!! Be still my heart...and I'm not even that in love with tomatoes. I need to throw some avocado into my pesto - what a great idea! Too bad something ate the basil right out of my, bug, neighbor? I'll never know.

Ashley--> My bet is the neighbor. ;)
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Sick of avocados??? NEVER!

Ashley--> Yesssss.
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
Nice. My boyfriend is allergic to pinenuts commonly found in pesto, so I'm a fan of the use of walnuts in pestos. And lucky me, he is a fan of avocados! This will certainly be a good use of my garden's basil :)

Ashley--> Even when pine nuts are on sale they're still 19.99/lb and out of my budget. Walnuts for the win!
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine
there is no such thing as being sick of avocados! I just got two bags of them from Costco, and am most definitely making this pesto!! messy kitchen in your house = amazing recipes in my opinion ;)
This looks awesome! I would have never thought to add avocados to pesto, but it sounds so good!
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren T
This looks really good! You have a knack for pairing things together in a way that hasn't been done, but that still makes me think, 'why didn't I think of that?'. I imagine this would be great on a sandwich or crackers....or just spooned into my mouth. :)
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
Yum!! My mom always used walnuts to make pesto when I was growing up, 'cause my parents have a huge walnut tree and we always ended up with so many we didn't know what to do with them all! I agree about the oiliness of pesto- this sounds like a great solution :)

Ashley--> Walnuts may be my very favorite!
People get sick of avocados? WHO??

Needless to say, this pesto looks fabulous. :)

Ashley--> YOU are fabulous!
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
There is no such thing as being sick of avocados. I LOVE this idea.

Ashley--> I'm glad you agree about avocados!
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
This looks so good! I never would have thought to use an avocado, but it totally makes sense - no more oily consistency! I'm growing lots of basil, so this will be made soon. Thanks for the recipe!
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
I've made this before using zucchini noodles. Delicious! <3 (Btw...I find your blog to be a constant source of inspiration! I'm getting married in 9 days, but ever since I've revamped my lifestyle two years ago, I've been reading and cooking along side of you. Thanks for all of the delicious recipes and beautiful pictures to keep me motivated!)

Ashley--> I keep meaning to make zucchini noodles. I know I will love them. Thanks for sharing a little piece of your story. It always means a lot to me. :) I'm so glad you've enjoyed my blog. Congrats on the upcoming wedding! Enjoy the day!
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlison
YUM! I'll echo others and say that I am never, ever sick of avocados!

Ashley--> This is great news! Now I don't feel so bad posting a million avocado recipes.
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill in Chicago
That last picture is why I hardly ever bake anymore. I get so tired of cleaning up the mess.
This pesto looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

Ashley--> I feel ya on the mess!
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne H
This looks so delicious and much less expensive than traditional pesto! A win-win in my book. Found you a while ago via Pinterest. Love all your recipes!

Ashley--> Thanks so much for saying hello!
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustine
YUM!!!! This looks amazing! I adore pesto and have never thought to add avocado to make it creamier. I will be trying this ASAP with the pesto that I JUST made (sans avocado). All will be right soon enough haha.

Ashley--> Hope you liked the creaminess!
Are you even kidding me with that amazing stack of tomatoes smothered in all the things I love? I think we should be best friends. I'll settle for a plate of that though if you're not down.

Ashley--> Nope! Not kidding you! Let's be friends. :)
July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
I just stumbled over your blog, and I am in love with your photography. Also, this looks so delicious and kid-friendly! I have a two-year-old, and I am always looking for creative ways to incorporate healthy foods into his meals. He loves pasta but hates tomatoes, so this is a great alternative! On the menu for tonight... :)

Ashley--> You are too sweet! I truly appreciate it! Definitely kid friendly. Hope you both love it.
July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Austin
Mmm, delicious idea! I love this. I can't get enough of pesto right now :)
July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi @ Food Doodles
This was sooo good! Thanks for the awesome recipe! :)
July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanine from Vancouver
Wow, that pesto must be soooo delicious! Yumm! :) Great pictures as well!
July 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiscount LASIK NJ
this is seriously brilliant Ash! I can't wait to try it!
July 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternat@thesweetslife.
I'm totally with you - head over heels w. avocados. And I just was planning on making plain old pesto this week - no more! Can't wait to try this - congrats on being part of DailyFoodBuzz Top 9 today!

Ashley--> Thanks so much! It was a first for me. Hope you like the pesto!
August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna Segrave-Daly
I'm definitely all about avocados right now! And I am bursting at the seams with basil (it basically takes up almost 1/2 of my garden!)
August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy
Your photos are STUNNING!!
yummmmmm.. I could just eat this with a spoon :)
August 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteraddie @
Great idea! I love the pesto. .love the idea how you made it :D
October 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdaphne

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