Photo Credit: Lara Ferroni

Peanut-Sesame Pesto

This different style of pesto can be used on a variety of dishes!

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Peanut-Sesame Pesto

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: peanut sauce, pesto, sesame, vegetarian
Servings: 3
Author: Olwen Woodier


  • 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • ¼ cup snipped chives or thinly sliced scallions (green part only)
  • 6 large cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 2 inch piece gingerroot, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • ¼ cup tahini pasta
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sweet chili sauce 


  • Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth or to desired consistency, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Add more sesame oil, honey, or soy sauce to taste.  


Excerpted from The Pesto Cookbook © by Olwen Woodier. Photo by © Lara Ferroni. Used with permission from Storey Publishing.
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