Oregano Sunflower Seed Pesto - Oil Free

This healthy, oil-free recipe uses fresh oregano for Greek flavor on a classic Italian pesto.  Roasted sunflower seeds keep this condiment nut-free, making it a tasty spread on Socca (Chickpea Flatbread)Portabella Burgers or a delicious topping for Greek Giant Lima Beans.  You can make a big batch of this vegan sauce and freeze extras.

EASY          Servings: 8 Ready In: 5 minutes

Oregano Sunflower Seed Pesto - Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Nut-Free, Plant-Based, Vegan Salad Dressing Sauce Recipe

Oregano Sunflower Seed Pesto - Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Nut-Free, Plant-Based, Vegan Salad Dressing Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
2 Tbs fresh oregano
2 Tbs fresh basil
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 - 3/4 cup water


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Oregano Sunflower Seed Pesto

Procedure

Gather ingredients
To make the Oregano pesto: Combine the sunflower seeds, oregano, basil, and salt in a food processor.  Puree. Stream in the water slowly, and stop just when the pesto is pourable. You still want it to have some chunky texture. Taste to adjust seasoning. 
 
Dollop over Greek Baked Giant Lima Beans, roasted potatoes, or Socca: Chickpea Flatbread
Store in an air-tight container to prevent browning. 
Chef's Tip: Use dry-roasted sunflower seeds to avoid extra oils. You can also substitute with roasted pistachios for a brighter green color.

Yield: 1 Cup


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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/8 of a recipe (about 2 tbsp).

Calories 48.02
Calories From Fat (70%) 33.56
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0.42g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 76.74mg 3%
Potassium 77.75mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 2.14g <1%
Fiber 1.19g 5%
Sugar 0.22g
Protein 1.6g 3%
Calcium 6.39mg <1%
Iron 10.57mg 59%
Vitamin A 62.5IU 1%
Vitamin C 0.89mg 1%


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