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
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.