The Rocket and Cashew Pesto
Updated: Jul 30
What do you do when you want to make pesto but don’t have either basil, or pine nuts, or parmesan cheese? Well, you use rocket (arugula), cashew nuts and leave out the parmesan!
Agreed, it’s not really pesto anymore but it’s still a pretty cool, nutritious and healthy alternative to the basic recipe- and for those who mind, it’s vegan. (You can read more about the health benefits below the instructions)
Make sure you soak the cashew for a good couple of hours before making the pesto.
Rocket/Arugula: 3 handfuls
Cashew nuts (raw): a large handful (soaked)
Garlic: 2 cloves
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Olive oil: 3 tablespoons
Salt and pepper
No rocket? You could use some parsley, it also works very well. Even a blend of parsley and coriander.
No cashew? Use some other nuts!
Put all the ingredient in a food processor and blend until smooth.
You can eat as a dip, with some socca flatbread or some raw vegetables!
The health of the Rocket and Cashew Pesto
Cashews are very nutritious and are a powerhouse of proteins and essential minerals including copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Cashews also contain vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3 , vitamin B6, folate, vitamin E, and vitamin K .
Prevent heart disease
Help maintain healthy bones
Boost the immune system
Reduce risk of anemia and type-2 diabetes
Promotes formation of red-blood cells
Promotes healthy muscles and nerves
Arugula / Rocket
Arugula is a good source of protein, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, zinc and copper. Excellent source of dietary fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese.
Boosts immune system
Reduces risk of heart disease and premature ageing
Lowers risk of cancer
Gives relief from symptoms of osteoporosis
Enhances athletic performance
Promotes heart, skin and bone health