Friday, January 4, 2013

Creamy Pesto Dressing




























This creamy pesto dressing tastes delicious on almost anything. Great on any salad, burger, sandwich, wrap - or even drizzled over fish or steak, it packs a punch full of great flavor that will up-the-ante on any dish you decide to whip up.


Now, if you are thinking anything with the word "creamy" in it can't be healthy, you are wrong my friend. I have a secret weapon. And that weapon is avocado. You will be pleasantly pleased at how delicious and versatile this dressing is, and no need to feel guilty as avocados are loaded with vitamins and minerals and are a great source of healthy protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and help to fight heart disease. Read more on the health benefits of avocados here.  


CREAMY PESTO DRESSING
1 cup of basil leaves (packed, about 1 ounce)
1/2 cup of parsley leaves
1 to 2 cloves of garlic (depending on how much you like your garlic!)
3 tablespoons of pine nuts
1 perfectly ripe hass avocado (don't use Florida avocado as you won't get the same texture and flavor)
3/4 cup of olive oil
The juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of agave nectar (or honey)
1/8 cup of water
Salt and pepper to taste

Using a food processor, blend everything together until smooth. And that's all there is to it! Feel free to add some more pine nuts for a more nutty flavor. Serve over anything you desire! (I'm serving with fish tacos tonight and over lamb burgers tomorrow!) Keeps well; just cover and refrigerate.

2 comments:

Perryn McLeod said...

Loved this!! Especially the simple dressing- delish! I confirmed the fact that I'm not a huge pesto fan, but I really like the option of adding more pine nuts- I had never tried them before and love them!

Jacqueline said...

Glad to have converted you! Pine nuts adds a nice flavor to anything. Especially if you toast them before ;) Thanks for following! X