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Minty Basil Pesto

A delicious alternative to the typical basil pesto to brighten up your pasta!
Prep Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 6 servings


  • Food processor or high speed blender recommended


  • ½ cup cashews soaked in boiling water for five minutes if not using a high speed blender or food processor
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup fresh mint
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 tsp salt


  • Cover the cashews with boiling water and soak for five minutes if you are not using a high speed blender or food processor.
  • Add cashews, olive oil, and garlic to a food processor. Pulse until cashews are a fine, mealy texture.
  • Add the basil, mint, avocado, and salt. Mix in food processor until the pesto is smooth and creamy. If your pesto is having a difficult time blending together, add a little bit more oil, 1 tbs at a time.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Use immediately or freeze. Freezing is the best way to preserve it's brilliant color!
Keyword basil, gluten free, mint, pasta, pesto, sauce, vegan