I love stepping out of my comfort zone but one place I don’t often step out of my comfort zone is in the kitchen. But as I’m dealing with food intolerances, I’ve had to learn to make or alter recipes for my dietary needs.

Okay- so let’s talk about this greens based pesto! Sometimes I see these delicious looking pesto dishes on Pinterest and just sigh and keep scrolling, until I realized it was easy to leave out the cheese.

Because I’m a newbie, I started with a very simple recipe that consisted of the following:


6 cups of greens

2-3 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 ripe avocado

1/2 cup of nuts (typically pine, but I used almond)


Put ingredients in food processor. Add oil and scrape of sides as needed.

Video Tutorial

If you want a laugh you can watch my video below. ๐Ÿ˜€

Inspired Greens

So the greens I opted to use for this recipe was Inspired Greens, grown in Western Canada in an environmentally friendly greenhouse.

What made this brand stand out to me was the fact that my lettuce was delivered with the roots still attached! My grandma said that’s how people used to sell lettuce and the lettuce will stay ย crisp longer and retain the flavour as long as you keep the roots in some water.

I used the multileaf combo which contains three types of lettuce, green oak, green crispy and red oak. This gives ย a contrast of taste, texture, colours & shapes in one head of lettuce. You can use the whole head and mix the three or pick from one type.

Grandma made me promise to pick her up some Inspired Greens next time I hit the grocery store because she hates iceberg lettuce and wants the quality lettuce. I’m happy to do it to because it’s so important to support Canadian businesses!

Now most budget savvy folks out there will be wondering how much this specialized lettuce costs, at Superstore a head of Inspired Greens costs the same as a head of iceberg lettuce! Hmm… wonder what provides better nutrition and value all in one package? I’ll be sticking with these guys from now on.

Anyone going to try my recipe? Please do and tell me how it went!

This post was written in collaboration with Inspired Greens, all thoughts and opinions (and this rad recipe) are my own!


  • Mackenzie August 21, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    So excited I found your blog! These look INCREDIBLE! I can’t wait to explore more ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rachel August 22, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Aw thanks Mackenzie! ๐Ÿ™‚


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