Plastic Free July: Vegan Pesto

Shop the Bulk and Produce Departments to find ingredients free from plastic! Ingredients from other departments can be found in recyclable containers (glass or metal).

4 cups tightly packed fresh basil

1 cup pine nuts or walnuts

4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ tsp sea salt and freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste

2 tbsp lemon juice

¼ cup + 2 tbsp nutritional yeast

Place the basil, pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor fitted with the S blade. Pulse to combine, until the mixture is coarsely ground.

With the motor on, drizzle in the olive oil in a thin stream. Add the sea salt, pepper, lemon, and nutritional yeast, and pulse a few more times to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning to taste. This will keep well in the fridge, in a tightly sealed container, for a few days; top the pesto with a layer of olive oil to decrease any browning.

GF V veg DF

Yield: 8 servings