Vegan Pesto and White Bean Salad

My basil plants are flourishing in the warm summer sun, so it’s time to make a lot of Italian food. I love pesto, and find it’s the perfect summer pasta sauce, since it goes so nicely with seasonal vegetables. However, I also like to include a big source of protein, such as legumes, with my meals. A simple bean salad works perfectly along side pesto. Both recipes utilize fresh herbs and produce from the garden. In addition, both recipes are incredibly simple – perfect for lazy summer afternoons.

Red rosie and lemon basil grow happily in a large container.

Red rosie and lemon basil grow happily in a large container.

Vegan Pesto

  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves (for my last batch, I used half lemon basil – it was a delicious flavor!)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lightly toasted hazelnuts, walnuts, or almonds
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons miso
  • Optional: 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (this helps keep the pesto’s original color – I did not use when using lemon basil)

Process all ingredients in a food processor. Store extra pesto in small containers (I use small jam jars) in the freezer.

I like to toss the pesto with pasta and sautéed vegetables.

My husband sprinkles chili flakes on his pasta and vegetables for extra flavor.

My husband sprinkles chili flakes on his pasta and vegetables for extra flavor.

White Bean Salad

  • 2 14.5 ounce cans of white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup chopped fresh herbs – I use a lot! (Use plenty of basil, and try also including parsley, thyme, oregano, and/0r marjoram)
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of vinegar (such as red wine or balsamic) or lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Chill and serve!

I don't think you can have too much fresh basil in this salad!

I don’t think you can have too much fresh basil in this salad!

 

 

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