Basil Pesto Sauce


October 17, 2016

This easy, dairy-free homemade pesto doubles as an awesome salad dressing, a tasty sauce for gluten-free pasta, or a yummy mayo mix-in. Try it in our Grilled Pesto Chicken Wraps.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Yields: 3/4 cup


3 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves

1 garlic

3 tbsp pine nuts

1 tbsp chia seeds

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 tsp sea salt


1Combine basil, garlic, pine nuts, and chia seeds in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped.

2With the machine running, add the olive oil in a steady stream.

3Turn off the machine and stir in the salt, then serve.

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tablespoon
Calories154 calories
Sodium99 milligrams
Protein1 gram
Sugar0 grams
Total Fat16 grams
Saturated Fat2 grams
Total Carbohydrates2 grams
Dietary Fiber1 gram

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