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Oil-Free Basil & Kale Pesto

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

This delicious Oil-Free Basil & Kale Pesto can be made in minutes with just 9 ingredients! You can buy Pesto in a jar or in the refrigerator section of your grocery store, but likely it is not vegan or without oil. I've tried countless recipes of this online and have had such difficulty finding one that tastes good, similar to the original, and is oil-free. Sad, I know. So I went on the mission of any recipe creator, and tried making it myself.

I used fresh basil from my garden. It is in abundance right now, so you can definitely find it at farmer's markets in summer. P.S. it is also a great houseplant. At a prior internship I had to write a blog post about this subject, so if you want the fresh basil year round it is a great plant to do so.

Anyways, lets get back to me telling you how good this Basil & Kale Pesto recipe is. This delicious paste works perfect in the recipe for sandwiches, noodles, toast, you name it! Plus, this recipe includes good for you ingredients like Avocado, which contains healthy fat, and Kale, which is high in antioxidants and full of vitamins. Woot woot.

This Oil-Free Basil & Kale Pesto Recipe is:

  • Savory

  • Healthy

  • Perfect for Pasta

  • Easy

  • Simple

You may also recognize this pesto recipe from my Pesto Pinwheels recipe. It's just so good it needed its own respective recipe post.

This recipe is refreshing, tasty, and SO yummy! If you try out this recipe make sure to let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #underthewillow on Instagram.

Want to save the recipe for later? Pin it on Pinterest HERE.



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Elizabeth Shelton creates self-development tools to help people reach their greatest potential. All while making tasty plant-based recipes that are mainly GF, are easy & can be made in 30 minutes. She aims to help 

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I am 22, Milwaukee-born, Vegan Recipe Developer & Spiritual Mentor with a purpose to help people live their most abundant, holistic, & balanced lives through spiritual healing techniques and delicious plant-based foods. 


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