The Perfect Pestacado

January 27, 2011

The Perfect Pestacado

Perfect because it’s elegant.

Elegant because it’s smooth and refined.

Smooth and refined because of sophisticated ingredients.

Sophisticated ingredients because of it’s maker: Me.

Bet you weren’t expecting that one. 😉

And I’m sure you weren’t excepting pesto to meet avocado. But all have come into existence.

Meet The Perfect Pestacado.

Elegant, smooth, refined, with a sophisticated line-up of flavors and ingredients.

But who am I kidding? It’s just GOOD.

The Perfect Pestacado

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice (Meyer’s lemons preferred)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes (preferably without oil packed)
  • 1 heaping tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Blend all ingredients (except for the avocado), as shown above, in a food processor, adding avocado last, until desired consistency. (avocado can be overblended, making it a little too fluffy, so adding it last helps with upholding the consistency.)

Use as a dip or stuff into your favorite veggies. Trust me, it’s delicious.

To stuff the mushrooms, twist the stems and pull out, filling the inside with the creamy Pestacado.

To stuff the cherry tomatoes, slice off the tip of the tomato. With a parring knife, carefully cut out the insides, making a small hole. Fill this space with the Pestacado (as best you can, ’cause really, it’s not easy).

p.s. I thought I was super sly coming up with this recipe all on my own… and then Googled avocado pesto. Duh. There are many, many more out there. But mine is the best. Promise. 😉

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather January 29, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Wow, this looks amazing and of course I have every ingredient except for the basil! 🙁


nelly January 28, 2011 at 9:56 AM

you totally have me craving stuffed mushrooms lady!!!!

and i bought everything i need…so i shall be making them tonight…thanks for the idea!!!



Alisa Fleming January 28, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Yuuuummy! If you had never heard of it before, then I think it’s still sly 🙂


Pure2raw twins January 28, 2011 at 3:42 AM

oh my…now this is something we would love! YUM!


kate January 28, 2011 at 2:35 AM

i love all the colors in the pics. fruits and vegetables make the best art 🙂


Maggie(livingfoodjunkie) January 27, 2011 at 6:31 PM

These foodie pictures are gorgeous, Lori! mmm gotta love pesto and with avocado..thats brilliant!!


Laury @TheFitnessDish January 27, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Wow. You are super sly with this one, girl. Looks absolutely mouth watering! The photos are great too!!!


Kelly Michelle January 27, 2011 at 5:38 PM

OMG I need that now, if only I had basil I would be all set!


julie January 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

holy bALLS!!! avacado pesto!? that’s friggn genius and i’m totally making this. i have ripe cados and basil so praaaaaaaaise the good lord above!! thanks girl!


Ela January 27, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I love your version, and love what you do with it too! And what a great name. But seriously, avos, basil, tomatoes, a bit of nooch–match made in heaven.



Mama Samaan January 27, 2011 at 3:05 PM

these are your best photos yet!!!! ( I also enjoyed the Pestacado Dip which I got to try first hand)


Lindsay Cotter January 27, 2011 at 1:43 PM

I love the nutritional yeast addition! Makes it so creamy.


Anne January 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

please oh please bring the mushroomy guys to the super bowl party!


Katie January 27, 2011 at 12:48 PM

The raw pesto I made last summer was adapted from a recipe that used avocado. I left it out because I thought pine nuts AND avocado was just overkill. Now, I’m wishing I’d left the pine nuts out…I see a grocery store run in my future.


Christine (The Raw Project) January 27, 2011 at 12:38 PM

This does look perfect and easy, I can’t wait to try it. Thanks!


Christin@purplebirdblog January 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Pestacado is super fun to say… I declare it word of the day! Oh, and you’re a genius! 😉


Amber Shea @Almost Vegan January 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I love this idea! I’ve made avocado hummus, and edamame guac, and edamame-avocado hummus, but never avocado pesto or pesto guac. Plus, your pictures are gorrrgeous.


salah@myhealthiestlifestyle January 27, 2011 at 11:36 AM

omg that pestacado looks sooo bomb!! I’ll definitely be making that!!


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