Sauces can transform even the simplest of dishes such as chicken and vegetables or pasta into something quite extraordinary that you are excited to eat. This creamy avocado basil sauce is the next instalment in my ‘Back to Basics’ series as it’s a sauce that can be easily made and stored to enhance almost any dish.
Four basic ingredients is all that is needed to create this delicious sauce: avocado, fresh basil, lemon juice and garlic.
The avocado provides this sauce with a creamy texture and beautiful green colour. This fruit is also packed with heart healthy fats and fibre – so enjoy its health benefits by adding it to multiple dishes.
This sauce takes on a pesto like flavour due to the fresh basil and the lemon juice prevents the avocado turning brown. It also provides the sauce with a hint of zestiness.
Enjoy this creamy sauce mixed through lightly cooked zucchini noodles or ‘zoodles’, gluten free pasta, served with chicken or salmon, or with vegetables crudités.
Creamy avocado basil sauce
Makes approximately 1 cup
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place all ingredients into a food processor.
- Process for 3-5 minutes or until smooth.
- Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Enjoy!
Notes: this sauce does not heat well so add it to a dish once cooked, not whilst its cooking.
Are there any particular ‘basic’ dishes you’d like to see in the ‘Back to Basics’ series?