Pistachio Arugula Pesto (Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

pesto in a black mortar and pestle with arugula leaves on the table

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It is sometimes called rocket, roquette, rugula or rucola. It looks like a baby lettuce and is often compared to watercress, but its little-known secret is that it is really just a common local weed, and a member of the cruciferous family related to broccoli and cauliflower. 

Arugula Nutrition

Arugula is a very nutritious, leafy green vegetable with an unusual spicy flavor. It is high in vitamins A, C and K, and folic acid. It is also a good source of zinc, potassium, calcium and iron.

Arugula of any type goes well in mixed salads, substituting for basil in pesto sauces and stepping in for spinach when required.

From its cruciferous family roots, arugula gets its antioxidant power as well as enzymes needed for detoxifying the body naturally. Recently, it’s been linked to gastric ulcer relief. Like other leafy greens, arugula is most nutritious when eaten raw, and can be juiced or well-blended for optimal nutrient digestion and assimilation.

Here’s one of my favorite pesto recipes that we enjoy a lot in early spring.

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pesto in a black mortar and pestle with arugula leaves on the table

Vegan Pistachio Arugula Pesto

Enjoy this pesto on crackers, veggies, zucchini noodles, or even chicken and fish!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: GAPS, Paleo, Raw Vegan, Vegan, Vegetarian
Approx. Cost: $10
Servings: 32 tablespoons
Calories: 29kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor, blend all the ingredients until well combined, but you can still see small chunks of pistachios and arugula.
  • Store in a jar in the refrigerator for two weeks to a month, or freeze in ice cube trays and use as needed.

NUTRITION

Serving: 1Tbsp.Calories: 29kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 36mgPotassium: 26mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.1mg
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