Not only does pesto have a gorgeous green color, but it is also packed with nutrients, full of flavors, and is so versatile. You can serve it with pasta, slather it on your toast, use it in sandwiches, serve it with roasted vegetables and proteins, or use it on pizza and salads. As you can see the options are endless, and it is delicious on just about anything! After trying out some of these recipes, you will want to keep pesto on hand to make this delicious sauce all summer long!
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1. Arugula Pesto and Zucchini on Rye Toast
A delicious open-face sandwich layered with tangy lime/arugula pesto sauce, sliced avocado, and sautéed zucchini on rye toast. This healthy pesto sandwich by Marie Reginato sneaks in extra greens – perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
2. Zucchini Basil Pesto Lasagna
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Zucchini, cashew cheese, basil pesto, and tomatoes are all combined together to create an explosion of flavor in this lasagna by Amanda Smith. Combining the fresh crunch of the zucchini and tomatoes, with the creaminess of the cashew cheese and the pesto creates a hearty filling meal for everyone.
3. Eggplant Roll Ups with Hemp Basil Pesto
4. Avocado Pesto Pasta
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5. Summer Pesto Pizza
Source: Summer Pesto Pizza
6. Roasted Italian Brussels with Arugula Pistachio Pesto
If you love all things Brussels, you’re going to love this modern vegan Roasted Italian Brussels with arugula pistachio pesto! What’s fab about this recipe by Gabrielle St. Claire, is everything. It’s a quick and easy veggie-packed sauce, features staple ingredients, texture, healthy fats, a gorgeous color, the dish can easily be made in bulk, and is perf for any season!
7. Pesto White Bean Bruschetta
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Pesto and bruschetta collide in this white bean bruschetta dish to make the perfect appetizer or snack! This recipe by What the Health: Kip Andersen & Keegan Kuhn with Eunice Wong is very simple and quick to make, and is sure to satisfy your cravings!
8. Braided Pesto Bread
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This braided pesto bread by Sirke Reivo has a crispy crust that is a bit chewy allowing the inside to be soft and tender filled with oh so amazing basil pesto! This bread is excellent with a salad or accompanying a tasty soup.
9. Grilled Zucchini Sandwiches with Spinach Pesto
10. Spinach Pesto Pasta With Almond Parmesan
Packed with spinach, basil, toasted almonds, and garlic, get ready to bless your pasta with a whole heap of flavor! A convenient bonus is that this whole spinach pesto pasta dish by Harriet Porterfield can be prepared in less than 20 minutes, perfect for a speedy evening meal.
11. Kale Walnut Pesto Pasta (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
If you’re trying to up your meal prep game, making your own dips and sauces can be a game-changer! This pesto that is packed with nutrients, full of flavors, and so versatile. You can serve it with pasta, slather it on your toast, use it in sandwiches, serve it with roasted vegetables and proteins, use it in pizza, salads, etc. As you can see the options are endless! This kale walnut pesto pasta by Mitra Shirmohammadi is a must-try!
12. Easy Pesto
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This easy pesto by Jesse Lane Lee is a perfect pairing with pasta, roasted veggies, sandwiches, you name it – it goes well with everything! Make this vibrant and delicious sauce to add some extra flavor to any dish.
13. Broccoli Chicken Kale Pesto Cauliflower Crust Pizza
In this broccoli, chicken, kale, pesto and cauliflower pizza by Paris Marash, the crust gets delightfully crispy in the oven first and totally holds together after you top it with a million ingredients!
14. Pesto Feta Swirl Buns
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Herby pesto swirl buns with vegan feta cheese! These swirl rolls by Anna Sue are kind of addictive. They seem to disappear before they touch the table. Imagine… a light and fluffy dough swirled with homemade pesto and melty feta cheese. So soft, springy, and ultra fluffy. And it’s super simple to make, but it’s a great base for the buns.
15. Stuffed Pasilla Peppers With Habanero Pesto
These stuffed pasilla peppers by Ashley Hankins have pretty much everything out could ask for inside of them. They are filled with zesty vegan chorizo, tender quinoa, plenty of vegan cheese, and then topped off with a fiery habanero pesto. This recipe is definitely going to be one of your favorites the moment you taste it.
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- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
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