Fresh Pesto with Almonds

Almonds are considered one of the most sattvic or pure foods in Ayurveda, enlivening the body’s natural energy and health.


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 leek, white part only
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Place almonds in a food processor, pulse several times, and add the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Serving Suggestions:

Toss with fresh pasta.
Use as a pizza topping.
Serve with plain rice.
Spread on sandwiches in place of mustard or mayonnaise.
Add to Italian soup for extra flavor.


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