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Basil Ginger Pesto

Basil Ginger Pesto

Prep: 5 min
Cook: 5 min
Total: 15 min
Servings: 4

Basil pesto made oil-free, nut-free, and packed with additional nutrition for a healing sauce or dip. Featuring basil, spinach, sunflower seeds, ginger, and lemon juice.

Author Becky
by Becky
Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients & Directions

Recipe Ingredients


Yield: Basil Pesto (4 Servings)
Needed Kitchenware: Small cooking pan, food processor
  • 4 oz basil, ~3 cups packed
  • 4 cups spinach, packed
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ⅓ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1½ tsp pink salt
Recipe Directions


  • Put a small pan on the stove and turn the burner onto medium heat. When its warm, dry roast the sunflower seeds in the pan until golden brown, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  • When the sunflower seeds have been dry roasted, place them, along with the rest of the ingredients, into a food processor. Blend everything until well combined.
  • Taste and make any adjustments needed. Enjoy!
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Recipe nutrition

Nutritional Information

Yield: Basil Pesto
Servings: 4
Information per serving:
Energy: 98.9 kcal
Carbohydrate: 9 g
Protein: 4.7 g
Fiber: 2.5 g
Sugar: 1.8 g
Fat: 6.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 2.2 g
Polyunsatured Fat: 2.9 g
Omega-3: 0.2 g
Omega-6: 2.7 g
Saturated Fat: 0.6 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Choline: 19.8 mg 5% DV
Folate: 124 µg 31% DV
A: 241.3 IU 34% DV
B1: 0.2 mg 20% DV
B2: 0.1 mg 13% DV
B3: 1.6 mg 12% DV
B5: 0.3 mg 6% DV
B6: 0.3 mg 25% DV
B12: 0 mg 0% DV
C: 34.5 mg 46% DV
D: 0 IU 0% DV
E: 5.1 mg 34% DV
K: 288.8 µg 321% DV
Calcium: 105.8 mg 11% DV
Copper: 0.4 mg 42% DV
Iron: 2.8 mg 16% DV
Magnesium: 91.4 mg 29% DV
Manganese: 1.2 mg 67% DV
Phosphorus: 118.2 mg 17% DV
Potassium: 432.1 mg 9% DV
Selenium: 7.4 µg 13% DV
Sodium: 859.3 mg 57% DV
Zinc: 1.1 mg 14% DV

Please note nutritional information varies dependent on agricultural conditions, consistency in manufacturing processes, and honesty in reporting. We cannot accurately report on the amount of harmful chemicals or beneficial plant constituents that might be present in these ingredients. We cannot report on the content of material added during the cooking process. We cannot guarantee if the vitamins present are natural or synthetic. We make no guarantees to the accuracy of this information and continue to suggest purchasing organic, high-quality, fresh ingredients from local, trusted sources. Where possible, we use non-fortified ingredients to calculate the nutrition. We do not include optional ingredients. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and values come regulated from the FDA. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

Tips, Suggestions, Photos, & More Information

Basil pesto is a classic Italian sauce made with fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil. However, for those with dietary restrictions, allergens, or who are looking for a healthier alternative, a cheese-free and oil-free basil pesto recipe can be a great option. In this recipe, sunflower seeds are used instead of pine nuts to keep it nut-free, while spinach and water are used to replace the oil.

closeup of the basil pesto sauce in a jar

The result is a delicious and healthy pesto sauce that is packed with flavor and nutrients. The sunflower seeds add a nutty and slightly sweet taste to the pesto, while the basil and spinach provide a fresh and vibrant flavor. The garlic and ginger give the sauce a subtle kick, while the lemon juice adds a tangy and citrusy flavor.

closeup of the basil pesto sauce in a jar

The texture of this pesto is slightly different from traditional pesto, but it is still creamy and smooth. The sunflower seeds blend well with the other ingredients, creating a thick and creamy sauce. The absence of oil makes the pesto lighter and healthier, while the water helps to create a smooth and spreadable consistency.

showing the pesto sauce coating some potatoes

Once the pesto is smooth and creamy, transfer it to a bowl or jar and store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it. This pesto is a versatile sauce that can be used in a variety of dishes, such as pasta, sandwiches, salads, or as a dip. The sauce will last in the refrigerator up to 3 days or in a freezer-safe container in the freezer for up to a month.

showing the pesto sauce coating potatoes

This oil-free basil pesto is a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional pesto. The sunflower seeds add a nutty flavor and creamy texture, while the spinach provide a light and refreshing base. The garlic, ginger, and lemon juice give the sauce a flavorful and tangy kick, making it a versatile sauce that can be used in a variety of dishes. Give this recipe a try and enjoy a healthier and tasty version of a classic Italian sauce.

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