Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Keyword: easy pesto, pesto, thai basil, thai basil pesto, vegan pesto
Author: Katrina | Katy's Food Finds
- 2 c thai basil leaves, packed washed and dried
- 2 tbsp cashew nuts roasted and unsalted
- 2 tbsp peanuts roasted and unsalted
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
- 60 ml olive oil or sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt or 1 tsp soya sauce or tamari
- 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- lime juice from 1/2 lime, to taste
Place the Thai basil leaves into the bowl of a mini food processor followed by all the other ingredients.
Blend until the mixture forms a pesto like consistency. Scrape down the sides halfway through blending so everything is combined. Taste for seasoning and acidity - add more lime juice if required.
You can blend to a chunky consistency or longer for a smoother pesto.
Place into a jar or container and drizzle over extra olive oil so that it covers the pesto and forms a thin layer on top. This prevents air getting in and helps stop your pesto from browning. Seal and store for up to a week in the fridge or freeze in a sealed container for up to 4 months.Makes approximately 1 cup.
Nutritional Values are based on the total amount of pesto made.
Ingredients to make this recipe:
- Thai Basil leaves - fresh picked leaves are used. If you don’t quite have enough leaves, you can top up with some Italian basil leaves.
- Nuts - roasted and unsalted. I use both cashew nuts and peanuts for this recipe. I like the creaminess of cashews and the flavour of the peanuts, however you can use just one of these nuts if you prefer.
- Garlic - fresh, crushed garlic.
- Chilli flakes - the recipe states 1/2 teaspoon for a mild flavour, or add 3/4 teaspoon or more for a spicier pesto.
- Olive Oil - I use a mild flavoured olive oil but feel free to use any other mild flavoured oils like canola or grapeseed. You can also use sesame oil.
- Sea Salt - you can substitute with soya sauce or tamari sauce instead.
- Rice Wine Vinegar
- Sugar - I use caster sugar
- Lime juice - just a squeeze to add some freshness and acidity.
- Serve on toast with avocado and tomato. Also delicious with an egg on top.
- Add a dollop to your bowl of pumpkin, carrot or sweet potato soup.
- Add to stir fries, noodles, pasta or rice dishes.
- Serve as a condiment alongside steak, chicken or fish.
- Great on crackers too.
Calories: 794kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 79g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 53g | Sodium: 1190mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2829IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 4mg