Creamy Avocado Pesto

CREAMY AVOCADO PESTO PASTALooking for outdoor summer salad inspiration? I’ve got you covered.

With basil and pine nuts, this creamy pesto lends itself to classic pesto flavors with a twist. This pesto is actually oil free, yet still rich and creamy. It’s packed with fiber-boosting broccoli that you can’t even taste. The secret ingredient is the wonderful avocado, which brings all the flavors together and adds a wonderful silky green color and texture.

This Creamy Avocado Pesto coats pasta wonderfully but is also extremely versatile. Because it doesn’t contain any dairy, it makes a great dish to pack for picnics and the beach. I made this dish as a side dish but to make it an entree, just add a few ounces of your favorite protein. Enjoy!

Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta
4 people (as a side dish)
4 people (as a side dish)
Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta
4 people (as a side dish)
4 people (as a side dish)
  • 12 ounces uncooked quinoa spiral pasta (or regular spiral pasta)
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 ripe California avocado peeled and seeded
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons water divided
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
Servings: people (as a side dish)
  1. Cook pasta according to directions, drain, and set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine steamed broccoli, garlic powder, avocado, pine nuts, basil, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of water. Add more water as needed to help process until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, toss cooked pasta with pesto sauce until well incorporated. Plate the pasta and top each dish with a handful of tomatoes and a few sprigs of fresh basil. Serve warm or chilled.

  • Jennifer

    I love pesto sauce – one of my favourites! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks great!

    • Dish by Trish

      Thanks, Jennifer. I was pretty happy with the end result. Let me know if you try it.

  • Genevieve

    I love your version of broccoli pesto – sounds like you made it even more creamy from the avocado, while still being super healthy! 

    • Dish by Trish

      Thanks for reading G! It’s super creamy. Hope you try it!

  • Jean

    So I’m pretty stuck on my pesto sauce so I rarely ever look at other recipes. But yours? I LOVE everything you did here.  For one, you didn’t completely nix the basil but just enhanced with broccoli. I am also in favor of using another nut besides pine nuts so I use pistachio but why have I never tried almonds?  The avocado? Brilliant! Love this, Trish–I’m going to try it. :)

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite

    Looks delicious! And that pesto sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it :)

  • Jen

    That would be delicious with chicken as well!  Love the flavor combination.

  • Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    This pasta looks fabulous.
    I am trying to do more vegan dishes and with this, don’t even think I will miss the cheese!! 

  • Alexandra Renee

    This was great. Great! I’ve never been a huge pesto fan, but since I’m on an avocado kick (seriously, it’s like one a day around these parts), this was right up my alley. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Tanya

    Oh I LOVE pesto, but it is so hard to find vegan versions. I’ll have to make this!

  • Hester

    OMG, looks super duper scrumptious!  The soaking of the almonds is a new one for me; I’ve never done that before.  So excited to try this, Trish!

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