12 Perfect Pesto Possibilities

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Pesto is the perfect way to dress up any dish! Pasta, sandwiches, chicken, salads, veggies, pizza, and even zoodles all can benefit from the savory boost of your favorite pesto sauce. But how do you like your pesto? Here are a few suggestions of alternative pesto ideas to add some flavor to your meal....

ROASTED BROCCOLI AND WALNUT PESTO

Roasted Broccoli and Walnut Pesto

I am such a sucker for pesto. I’ll enjoy a basil and pine nut pesto anytime, but it seems sacrosanct for summer. As we head into fall and winter, I’ve got just the alternative to match the season and still satisfy any pesto addiction. Broccoli is good year-round, but hits its peak season and flavor October through April. In this hearty and satisfying pesto variation, the roasted broccoli’s warmth and depth replace basil’s brightness.   

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MAYO FREE CREAMY PESTO SALAD DRESSING

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This Mayo Free Creamy Pesto Salad Dressing can be used in so many ways! From a dressing on salad, a base for a crisp cabbage slaw, or even as a marinade on chicken and fish.    

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PESTO FONDUE

pesto fondue with polenta

Make this fondue with your favorite blend of cheeses and swirl in your best pesto. The flavors meld together beautifully and are really amazing with polenta dipping cubes and artichokes.  

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PARSLEY PESTO

parsley pesto

  Use on tomatoes or pasta or anything!  

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ARUGULA PESTO

arugula pesto pasta

I love how you can make pesto out of anything really and using fresh arugula makes a really unique flavor that is slightly bitter, but very enjoyable. Tomatoes helps to counter balance the bitterness. You can also use walnuts instead of pine nuts or even almonds, really anything goes.  

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THAI PESTO NOODLES

Thai Pesto Noodles

Add leftover shredded rotisserie chicken to round out the meal.  

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GREEK YOGURT PESTO SAUCE

GREEK YOGURT pesto

Greek yogurt is a wonderful ingredient to use to add creaminess without extra fat to any recipe. In this recipe we mix plain greek yogurt with a flavorful pesto to make the perfect pasta sauce. Can be used on fish too.  

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COLORFUL GARDEN SALAD WITH CREAMY PESTO DRESSING

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An exquisite, colorful garden salad with creamy pesto dressing. Don't forget to display it proudly in a clear, glass bowl.  

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COLD POACHED SPINACH AND WALNUT PESTO CHICKEN

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PISTACHIO PESTO COATED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts taste great simply roasted, but for a little something extra, coat with a nutty pesto. This recipe uses a version of pistachio, breadcrumb and mint pesto for a real unique taste you will love.  

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PENNE WITH RED-PEPPER WALNUT PESTO

penne with red pepper walnut pesto

  Penne is livened up with a red pepper pesto, yum!  

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PESTO ZOODLES

zoodle ribbons

These Zoodles with Pesto are so simple and quick to make, with just a few main ingredients, your healthy and delicious dinner will be ready in 10 minutes!  

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