Healthy Basil Pesto

Make it as a dip or an adaptive salsa verde to roll through some wholemeal pasta. This simple side is a versatile solution to additive-filled store-bought pesto!
  • Prep Time 2 mins
  • Cooking Time 10 mins
  • Skill Level Easy
  • Serves 2


2 large bunches of fresh basil
1 clove of garlic
2 tbsp Barnes Naturals Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tbsp Barnes Naturals Bioactive Manuka
½ cup of toasted pine nuts
1 cup of cashews
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of ½ lemon, zest optional
Pinch of good quality pink or Celtic salt


  1. Place pine nuts in a dry frying pan and gently cook for 3 mins over medium heat.
  2. Once the pine nuts are toasted to your liking, add them and all other ingredients to the Thermomix/blender/food processor and blitz to your preferred consistency.
  3. Serve with crackers as a dip, or mix through wholemeal pasta and cooked chicken as a simple dinner solution.