This arugula pesto recipe is a favourite of mine; it is dairy-free and uses walnuts instead of the wonderful pine nuts with are so expensive. Usually, cheese is an ingredient when making a pesto recipe but there is no cheese in this and it still has a cheesy flavour thanks to the Nutritional Yeast I use.
Arugula Pesto Recipe Ingredients:
With its aromatic, peppery flavour, Arugula adds a wonderful dimension to this arugula pesto, in a salad, and to your sex life too. It is also known by other names such as salad rocket, garden rocket, roquette, rucola, rugula, or colewort. The scientific name of arugula is Eruca sativa.
My mom loved to cook with walnuts because they add flavour to any dessert. Now I know that walnuts are also highly nutritious, so much so that I consider them a superfood. They are high in omega 3 fatty acids, are a good source of protein, and are rich in minerals. Walnuts provide a great replacement for the traditional and expensive pine nuts in this arugula pesto recipe.
Lemons’ health benefits are immense. To begin they are acidic to the taste but are alkaline-forming in the body. In fact, they are one of the most alkaline-forming superfoods; this makes them great for balancing highly acidic conditions in the body. Also, they are full of many health benefits that add to this arugula pesto.
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Nutritional Yeast Flakes
Nutritional Yeast Flakes add a tangy, cheesy taste to my food which is good since I don’t eat cheese. I add this to sauces and to this arugula pesto as a replacement for Parmesan cheese. Nutritional yeast flakes are an inactive form of yeast and are a good source of protein (contain 18 amino acids and nine are essential ones that your body cannot produce). Also, are a great source of B vitamins and the minerals iron, selenium, and zinc. Not to be confused with baker’s yeast, which is still active and can grow inside your stomach, depriving you of nutrients, or with brewer’s yeast, which is inactive but bitter.
Organic nutritional yeast is not fortified, so it does not have the same B vitamins and bright yellow color as conventional yeast flakes. Any fortified yeast cannot be organic certified. Try this very good variety of nutritional yeast: Druids Grove Organic Nutritional Yeast Flakes Kosher Certified
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Time to make this delicious Arugula Pesto Recipe.
- 2 cups arugula
- 2/3 cup + 1 Tbsp walnuts
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- Blend all the above ingredients in a blender except for the nutritional yeast and 1 Tbsp walnuts until smooth and creamy.
- Scoop into a bowl and mix in yeast and 1 Tbsp walnuts.
- Use as a dip or pour on top of steamed vegetables or raw zucchini noodles.
I hope you enjoyed this delicious arugula pesto recipe!
Here Are More Tasty Pesto Recipes to Try:
Delicious Vegan Pesto – I love this vegan pesto without the cheese; it tastes like the real thing only better to me! Toss with pasta or serve with bread or crackers for an appetizer.
Chickweed Pesto – This chickweed pesto is vegan, is easy to make and tastes great! What is particularly great about this is that it is made with free weeds. 🙂
Vegan Hemp Heart Pesto is Nut Free and Delicious – This hemp heart pesto is vegan, nut-free and raw. It makes lunch or dinner extra delicious. Most pestos have cheese in them which doesn’t work for those of us who eat dairy-free. I always make my pestos without the cheese. For some, it is best not to eat lots of nuts and this hemp heart pesto is perfect as the hemp hearts add the flavour and texture without the nuts.
Zucchini Pesto – This zucchini pesto is lighter than the regular pesto as it has less oil and adds a refreshing zest of zucchini to your pasta. I prefer not to use cheese and the nutritional yeast gives this zucchini pesto a delicious flavour.
Arugula Pesto Recipe – This arugula pesto is a favourite of mine and it is great to be able to use walnuts instead of the wonderful pine nuts with are so expensive. Usually, cheese is an ingredient when making a pesto recipe but there is no cheese in this and it still has a cheesy flavour thanks to the Nutritional Yeast used.