Avocado Pesto Dip

Avocado Pesto Dip is creamy with texture from toasted Pine Nuts and Chopped Olive. Lots of Basil and Arugula add veggies to this versatile dip, spread, slather. Check out how I use it.
Avocado Pesto Dip! So many uses. Dip, Spread, Addition, Slather.

Avocado Pesto Dip

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Avocado in Pesto? Yep. No oil needed for this dip. All the flavors of Pesto, but just a bit more subtle. The Avocado adds a creaminess you don’t get when you use olive oil. This dip is so versatile.

Here’s how I use it!
Avocado Pesto Dip stirred into Brown Rice made with broth and chia seeds. Sprinkled with chopped roasted Almonds.
Brown Rice cooked with Chia Seeds
Stir it into hot grains and sprinkle with Chopped Almonds or Pistachio’s. It makes for a simple, but tasty side. The Hubby and I eat this often for lunch along with a piece of Chicken, Pork or Steak.

Avocado Pesto Dip Crusted SalmonLuscious, succulent and positively "melt in your mouth" delicious. Eat this Salmon, Hot, Cold or anywhere in-between.
Remember the Crusted Salmon from last week? Slather it on Salmon and saute/oven finish. It is “to die” for!
Dressing Base Olive Pesto Dressing, Chopped Style
Dressing Base. Use just like you would pesto in this Chopped Style Dressing recipe
Turkey, Quinoa, Kale Soup Chopped. Leftover turkey makes this soup an easy dinner fix. You can use chicken as well.
Use instead of Pesto for topping Soup.

Eat This Why? Choppertunity:
The fat in Avocado is good for Brain Health

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Approximately 1 Cup

Pesto Dip Ingredients:
4 cups Arugula, Chopped
3 cups Basil, Chopped
1 Avocado, Chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
2 Green Onions, Chopped
4 Queen Sized Green Olives, with pimento, Chopped
2 Tablespoons Pan Toasted Pine Nuts
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 oz. Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt or to taste

Zing Factor: If you find you want the dip a bit “looser” add some flavorful Olive Juice.
1 Tablespoon Olive Juice

Pesto Dip Ingredient Prep:

Add all the ingredients, except the Zing Factor, to your food processor. Process until thick and all ingredients are incorporated. The dip will have texture. If the consistency is too thick, add some of the Zing Factor until you’re satisfied. Check for salt and add accordingly. Remember, the olive juice adds some salty flavor. Use now or refrigerate for later.

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43 Responses to Avocado Pesto Dip

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  2. Helen Fern says:

    Thanks for sharing on the “What’s for Dinner” linky party!

  3. Yow, this looks good! Thanks for sharing it with Let’s Get Real. Pinning for my own use and to share

  4. Jamie says:

    Yum – that looks amazing!! Perfect for parties, pinned it! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  5. Amanda Long says:

    We are not huge avocado people but this looks awesome. Thanks for sharing it !! :)

    • adminKC says:

      Because of the bold flavors of garlic, basil, green onion and olives the avocado provides a creamy texture without overpowering. I made this dip and the Salmon again last night. I indescribably delish!

  6. Heidy says:

    Everything looks delicious, thanks for sharing another fabulous idea that simple and healthy!

  7. erica s says:

    Love pesto on salmon, but I have never added avocado. That is such a great idea Kc!

  8. I love your idea to add avocado to pesto, it sounds delicious and healthy too since you don’t need to add oil, I will have to try it soon!

  9. christine says:

    KC my friend, you are just brilliant. I love the idea of avocado in pesto. The only down side is that I can see myself slathering it all over a loaf of bread and eating entire loaf of said bread, lol. Seriously though, this looks super delicious and I am definitely try it out!

    • adminKC says:

      What a nice thing to say, Christine! Thank you! I’m with you. Good thing there’s no bread in the house. The Hubby has been clamoring for that Salmon though. I’m going to have to make this again very soon!;)

  10. I am drooling over your Avocado Pesto Dip and seriously can’t wait to try it! The shade of green screams freshness and invites one to use your dip in so many different ways! Well done my friend! Sharing everywhere!

  11. Hadia says:

    Now this really looks good and healthy. I love avocados, one of the world’s most perfect food, and I love how creative you are to use it as a major ingredient in pesto. The photo is beautiful as well.

    • adminKC says:

      Thank you so much Hadia. I’m with you when it comes to avocados. Super healthy and delish. I so appreciate the photo compliment.

  12. Angela says:

    I ADORE avocado… maybe obsessed a bitand I just LOVE the sound of this avocado pesto! I’d put this stuff on everything!

  13. This sounds great! But, can I just eat it with a spoon? hee hee

  14. Love your versatile version, so fresh and delicious!

  15. Platter Talk says:

    KC, I’m sitting here in the tropics of southwest Costa Rica, on the edge of the rainforest and overlooking the Pacific. This avocado pesto literally took my breath away as I was viewing it. This area is laden with fresh, plump and beautiful avocado and of course fresh seafood. We will be making your recipe this week. Thanks so much for the health and inspiration that you always supply.

    • adminKC says:

      Wow!! I’ve never been but it’s on our “to do” list. I hope you all enjoy the recipe. What variety of avocado do they grow in Costa Rica? Enjoy your time away, it must be beautiful there!

  16. I like the addition of the arugula. Really adds a peppery note. Pesto is so versatile as you show.

  17. I can’t wait to try the avocado pesto dip. I would put it on everything!!!!

  18. You have combined two of my favorite foods in one!!

  19. I was laughing when I read this about eating it out of the skillet. It must have been REAL good!

  20. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing.
    I found you at the Wednesday Roundup.

    Lexie Robinson
    http://www.thegenesisfeminist.com

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