October 17th, 2018
orange basil macadamia pesto recipe

Four-Ingredient Orange Macadamia Pesto Recipe

This no-oil pesto recipe gets its creaminess and rich flavor from macadamia nuts and its brightness from oranges!

Makes about 1 cup


  • 3 cups of fresh basil leaves
  • ¾ cups of macadamia nuts
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 teaspoons of orange zest
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • Sea salt


Combine the basil, macadamias, zest and garlic in a food processor and pulse unit coarsely ground. (If you are using whole macadamias, pulse them a few times alone, before adding the remaining ingredients.)

Slowly add about a quarter cup of orange juice, until and pulse until fully incorporated.  Stop, scrape the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula, and pulse again. Add sea salt to taste.

Serve it with Sweet Potato Papardelle, over eggs, as a salad dressing, with grilled meats and vegetables, as a dip — or even a little spoon of it all by its lonesome, as a treat.

Pesto browns quickly, but it will still be fresh d delicious for several days. Store it in a tightly sealed glass container and refrigerate for up to one week.

orange macadamia pesto recipe

Keka Schermerhorn is creator and curator of Fueled By Sunshine, an online portal for healthy, gluten-free eating and lifestyle info. 


Keka Schermerhorn

Keka Schermerhorn is a professional chef and lifelong athlete who believes in a holistic approach to fitness. As a child she took ballet classes; in high school she earned a spot on the boy’s wrestling team. She has coached kids and adults through high-ropes courses, taught infants to swim and was a certified lifeguard for the Special Olympics. Keka has always been enamored with movement. When faced with an autoimmune disease and the prospect of life-long prescription painkillers, Keka turned instead to food and exercise as a way to take control of her health. After a lot of early trial and error (including a stint as a bacon-yearning vegan), she successfully identified the foods that allow her to live an active, painkiller-free life. After college, Keka relied on ballet, boxing and kettlebells as a way to stay fit. When a CrossFit affiliate moved into her gym, she decided to give it a try, and quickly fell in love with the community. Her no-nonsense approach to health and fitness, keen eye for efficient movement and knack for strategy make her a valuable coach.

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