Raw Walnut & Basil Pesto

The Global Girl Raw Food Recipes: Raw basil and walnut pesto with tomato, bell pepper and garlic. This oil-free pesto is vegan and dairy free.
Photography and Recipe by Ndoema

This mouth-watering pesto is also a liver-friendly and hair-boosting food. I’d much rather savor this than swallow supplement pills, wouldn’t you?

It’s essentially made of raw walnuts and basil. Walnuts are super rich in zinc, copper and vitamin B9 (folate) which makes them fantastic hair food. Plus they’re liver-friendly and we know a healthy liver is crucial for an all around gorgeous bod. I like to keep ready-made servings of this tasty spread in my fridge at all times (except when I’m on a juice fast or I wouldn’t last a day!). It’s not as dense as your typical nut cheese because of all the added goodies: the leafy basil and juicy tomato and bell pepper. They give it a smoother, more spreadable texture without the need to add any oil.

Raw Walnut & Basil Pesto

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Raw Walnut & Basil Pesto


2 large bunches of basil

2 cups of walnuts

1 medium size vine tomato

1/2 red bell pepper

3 garlic cloves

1 pinch of celtic or himalayan salt


Mix all the ingredients in a food processor and voilà!


This raw walnut and basil pesto is also the best pizza topping ever! It’s absolutely scrumptious on my all-time fave gluten-free pizza crust (get the recipe here). I typically serve it with a raw – and dairy-free – sunflower ricotta (super delish too!) but I like having options and double good reasons to eat raw pizza!

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Enjoy a week’s worth of Raw Italian for less than $1 a day! Who doesn’t love Italian comfort food! Pizza, lasagna, ravioli, cannelloni, spaghetti. So tasty! But not exactly screaming healthy, right? Wrong. Gluten-free, daiy-free, pasta-free but oh so yummy! Ndoema’s re-mastered Italian classics are insanely delish and a healthy foodie’s dream. Enjoy with no moderation ;)
Recipes included in this eBook
  • Sunflower Ricotta Pizza On Gluten-Free Seed Crust
  • Antioxidant-Rich Ravioli with No-Oil Basil Filling
  • Gluten-free Cannelloni with Cauliflower Béchamel
  • Skin Boosting Lasagna with Hearty Pumpkin Seed Pesto
  • Super Slimming Zucchini Carpaccio
  • No-Wheat Spaghetti with No-Meat Balls & Salsa Marinara
  • Crunch n’ Glow Stuffed Bell Peppers with Sunflower “Rice”

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