I love this vegan peppermint pesto during the hot summer. Try it on raw zucchini pasta or even added to your cooked grains or on top of steamed vegetables.
Peppermint Pesto Recipe Ingredients
Cool fresh peppermint with its stimulating aroma is a popular flavouring for gum, toothpaste, and tea. This superfood is full of many health benefits from helping with digestion to increasing memory. Did you know it helps keep mosquitos away too? It adds a nice fresh taste to this peppermint pesto.
Basil is one of my favorite herbs to use in my kitchen and adds a delicious flavour to this pesto. Basil has been considered to be ‘The Oldest Herb’. It has been used for health reasons and for its distinct flavour which is delicious. Basil is full of health benefits making it a herb superfood and it has an amazing history. Learn more about The Oldest Herb Is Full of Health Benefits.
Garlic can lower cholesterol, prevent blood clots, and lower high blood pressure. Garlic also prevents artery-clogging plaque in its early stage by keeping cholesterol particles from sticking to artery walls Add some garlic to your soups, stews, and salad dressing recipes to lower high cholesterol.
Sometimes it is easier to use some Organic Freeze Dried Garlic so no chopping and peeling.
Olive oil is packed with health benefits from helping with weight loss to improving bine health to lowering bad cholesterol and much more. Learn all 12 of the Health Benefits of Olive Oil
Olive oil was referred to as “Liquid Gold” by the famous Greek poet Homer. If you are what you eat, what would happen if you consumed “Liquid Gold” daily? It’s one of the top oils you need in your kitchen.
Walnuts add a good crunch to this walnut dark chocolate bar. My mom loved to cook with them 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 to make your dark chocolate bar. They are high in omega 3 fatty acids, are a good source of protein, and are rich in minerals.
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 a highly acidic condition in the body. Also, they are full of many health benefits that add to my lemon-mint salad dressing.
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 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 organically certified. Try this very good variety of nutritional yeast: Druids Grove Organic Nutritional Yeast Flakes Kosher Certified
Also, I always use Pink Himalayan Salt which is a salt that is actually healthy for you!
Peppermint Pesto Recipe
1 cup Fresh Mint Leaves
1 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
1/2 cup Walnuts + 1/4 cup
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Salt
1 – 3 Garlic cloves (optional)
2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
1/2 cup Virgin Olive Oil
- In a blender combine the lemon juice and oil, blend.
- Add the mint and basil leaves slowly and pulse until it just comes together.
- Blend in garlic and salt.
- Now add the walnuts while pulsing on and off.
- Put in a jar and mix in the rest of the walnuts.
- Now use in your pasta, rice or on top of steamed vegetables.
Pesto keeps very well; it is delicious for a few days (mine seems good for at least a week) and it freezes well, too.
Note: you can use any type of mint that you want to. It does not have to be peppermint. I use chocolate mint that is growing in my garden.
Here are some more delicious recipes:
Tasty 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. 🙂
Fresh Mint Tea – This recipe is a traditional tea in many desert countries like Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt.
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.
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.
Lemon Mint Salad Dressing – This a delicious and refreshing mint salad dressing.