Fresh Herb Pesto

Fresh Herb Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes


  • 100 g fresh basil, parsley, or coriander (or a mix is fine too) 2-3 big bunches of fresh basil, parsley, or coriander (or a mix is fine too)
  • 50 g spinach (roughly 4 cups loosely packed) or 1 bag of spinach
  • 120 g or 1 cup almonds, preferable raw or activated or cashews or pinenuts
  • ½ cup olive oil or a blend of avocado, macadamia, natural sesame, or flax
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon juice of
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder or small clove of garlic
  • ½ cup hard cheese aged tasty, parmesan etc or 3 Tbspn nutritional yeast


  • If using raw almonds, it will significantly enhance the flavour of your pesto and improve the digestibility of the almonds if you toast them first under the grill setting in your oven. Set to 240 degrees celsius and place them on a flat tray near the top of the oven and watch them like a hawk. Toasting can take 2-5mins depending on heat and proximity.
  • Put all ingredients into a food processor and mix until an even consistency is achieved. Try not to blend overly or it will turn into a smooth paste. Ideally you want a little texture.
  • Will last around 5 days in the fridge


  • Use as a 'pizza sauce', dip crackers or crudites in for lunch, spread over baked mix, mix through roasted potatoes for a pesto-potato salad,
  • Use as a sauce over steamed veggies, spread in sandwiches.
  • I have yet to find a healthier food that will disappear as quickly as a garden herb pesto at a party!
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Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Salad, Sauces, dips, and spreads, Snack
Keyword almond, basil, Cashew, Cheese, coriander, garlic powder, lemon, olive oil, parsley, salt, spinach
Allergy FODMAP Friendly, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Sesame Free, Soy Free, Wheat Free
Value Halal, Kosher, Vegetarian
Author: Ashley Jubinville

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About the Author: Ashley Jubinville

Ashley Jubinville is the world's leading Kitchen Coach, helping families find successful strategies in their transition to a healthier whole food diet while juggling the daily stresses in their world. An effervescent, determined Canadian, Ashley has a no-nonsense, cut-through-the-noise approach that has been an absolute game-changer for hundreds of families. With 16 years of research, practice, engineering and passion, Ashley has discovered a formula of success that has her working with clients across the globe. Her unique approach with food, recipes, and quirky engineering mind help get you organised, on-track, and loving the kitchen again. She has done what many doctors told her was impossible with her own personal health challenges since childhood and now helps other prevent the trail, error, time, and frustration in figuring it all out alone. Her work is her passion, and you can find her sharing her wealth of knowledge in her flagship Food Relationship Reset program; online via her live, real-time cooking show; public speaking; and book writing.

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