Basil Sunflower Seed Pesto


Vegan Basil Sunflower Seed Pesto

Hello everyone!!

There are days when I take calculated risks in the kitchen and everything flops..but there are also  days when I just randomly throw things together and  voila, we have a fingerlickin’ good something!! This Basil Sunflower Seed Pesto happened on one those sparkly mornings. Luckily I remembered  to quickly jot down the recipe before I forgot because it’s too good not to share! 🙂

Vegan Basil Sunflower Seed Pesto

I had in hand some beautiful produce, including edible flowers like sunflowers, from KRISHI CRESS , lovely fresh basil from my garden and a new pack of sunflower seeds staring at me. In it all went in a blender, a splash of lemon juice, a couple of cloves garlic and we had this brightly flavoured pesto in no time!! And yes, it was creamy enough, so no cheese!

Sunflower petals added a unique, slightly bittersweet flavour which we all loved. They look really lovely, are great in salads and for garnishing. Edible flowers aren’t just a pretty face, they have health benefits too. Just make sure that if you wish to add them to your dishes, they are organic, and completely pesticide free. You can read more about edible flowers here.

Vegan Basil Sunflower Seed Pesto

It was a small jar of absolutely delicious healthy pesto that was wiped out  in no time! I hope you will give this a try….even if you don’t have the sunflower petals. Simply add more basil or any other herb of your choice. I’d love to hear about  how it turned out for you. Do leave  a comment below and share a picture on INSTAGRAM  using the hashtag #tashasartisanfoods !

Vegan Basil Sunflower Seed Pesto
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Vegan Basil Sunflower Seed Pesto
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  • 1 cup Basil
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower petals
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower seeds
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 4-5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
  1. Blend all the ingredients together till smooth. I like to keep the texture a little crunchy. Taste and add salt as needed. Enjoy!



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