Pesto is absolutely one of my favorite sauces ever. It’s so creamy, garlicy, and all around yummy. Unfortunately, most store bought pesto is made with dairy and lots of oil in it. Also, fresh basil is expensive, and it adds up fast in a recipe like this. So, I love making it with spinach. It’s so delicious and really fills that pesto craving. Pro tip: I’ve seen lots of kale pesto recipes floating around, and I’ve tried it, and I think it’s definitely a fail. If you have the choice between trying some homemade spinach pesto or kale pesto, definitely opt for spinach pesto.
Oil Free Spinach Pesto (Vegan, Gluten Free, Oil Free, Flour Free):
- 2 Tablespoons packed parsley (whole)* optional, depending on taste preference
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 cups spinach tightly packed
- 1/2 medium lemon juiced
- 1 medium clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth.
*Recipes like this are a great place to use up parsley stems since they'll be blended. They contain the same flavor, so if you've got some lying around, feel free to use a combination of parsley stems and leaves.