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Pair with rich fish like salmon or trout (good sources of healthful omega-3 fatty acids), white-meat poultry (low in saturated fat), or pasta. You can also stir a bit into minestrone or steamed rice. Hearty walnuts add polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, while olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fats. Since a little of this zesty spread goes a long way, you may want to freeze leftover pesto in ice cube trays overnight and then transfer to a zip-top plastic bag. The bright flavor should last for up to three months.

Jaime Harder, MA, RD
Recipe by Cooking Light April 2008


Credit: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

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12 servings (serving size: 1 tablespoon)


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  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth.


Nutrition Facts

69 calories; calories from fat 87%; fat 6.7g; saturated fat 0.8g; mono fat 2.9g; poly fat 2.7g; protein 1.3g; carbohydrates 2g; fiber 0.9g; iron 1.1mg; sodium 156mg; calcium 27mg.