There’s something about a sauce or dressing that just kicks a recipe up a notch. I mean think about it…there’s a whole aisle in the grocery store dedicated to the stuff. You’ve got salad dressings of all varieties, hot sauce, pesto, spaghetti sauce, bbq sauce, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, and then depending on what part of the world you live in you’ve got chutneys and relishes. All of these ‘sauces’ are designed to enhance the flavor of your food. But, while following AIP 99.9% of those store bought ones are off limits due to processed oils, nuts, dairy, flavor enhancers (whatever those are), sugars, starches, thickeners and every other non-pronounceable ingredient there is.
When you’re forced to come up with your own sauces you tend to get creative (at least I do). Some of these are hits and some are complete flops. This one is a HIT! This very well could be my favorite thing that I’ve ever written about on this blog. I originally created this for a ‘Chicken Primavera with Zoodles” dish which will soon be on the blog, but the uses for this sauce are limitless.
Here are some of the ways you’ll want to use this:
(1) as a pesto with zoodles
(2) as a topping for grilled fish
(3) as a ‘mayo replacement’ in tuna or chicken salads
(4) as a dip for crudites
(5) as a base sauce for a ‘pizza’
(6) as a burger topping
I tell you, I can’t think of many things that this sauce wouldn’t be AMAZING with. Yesterday I had it in a salad with baby spinach, chicken, peach and blueberries. Yumm! Plus, this sauce inspired my roommate and I to create a new hashtag… #yumacado
Gather your ingredients and make this tonight. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Spinach Avocado Pesto
Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 3-4 (or more depending on what you’re using it for)
3 handfuls of baby spinach
1 handful of parsley – stalks and all
Zest & juice of one lemon
1/2 of a large Haas Avocado
1/2 t sea salt or pink himalayan salt
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
– Toss all the ingredients in your food processor. No need to chop anything.
– Blend until smooth.
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