Nut free pesto 

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Serves: 10

Category: Dips and Spreads


  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1½ cups firmly packed basil leaves
  • ⅓ cup parsley leaves
  • ½ cup parmesan, finely grated
  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Toast sunflower seeds in a non stick pan on medium heat for 2 minutes. Do not let them burn
  2. l, parsley, sunflower seeds, cheese and garlic in a blender until a rough paste forms
  3. Add the oil gradually through the blender chute with the motor running
  4. Tip into a bowl, add the lemon juice and season with pepper if desired.

Serving suggestions

  • Use as a sandwich filling with fresh roasted chicken
  • Stir through warm pasta for a delicious lunch
  • Stir through cooked penne pasta along with halved cherry tomatoes for a great pasta salad
  • Served with toasted pitta bread and vegetable sticks as great dip.

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