I luuurve pesto. Even more so when I discovered it it's super easy to make dairy free - you just don't add the cheese!
You can make pesto from pretty much any fresh green herb and nut combination. The basic idea is fresh herbs + nuts + oil + garlic. Watercress was on special at the supermarket and I had almonds in the cupboard hence this combination. Luckily it was delicious.
The quantities in this recipe are approximate as I was making this the fly without measuring anything.
1 bunch watercress
1/2 cup dry roasted almonds
1 lemon, juiced
4 garlic cloves
Grind almonds in a spice grinder. Set aside.
Wash and roughly chop the watetcress. Whizz in the blender.
Mince garlic in a garlic press or chop finely.
Add the ground almonds, oil, lemon juice and garlic cloves.
Whizz until nice and creamy.
Serve with pasta, as a dip, on toast or straight from the jar!
Other good herb & nut combinations: coriander & cashew; traditional basil & pine nut