Basil Avo-mame Spread

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Hey, guess what?!  I made something for you!

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And it’s pretty darn tasty, if I do say so myself.  And, chances are, you probably most of the ingredients on hand.

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This is one of those I-had-ingredients-about-to-go-bad recipes.  And – I actually managed to record and document it!  Most of the time, I make these kinds of delicious things when I’m ridiculously hungry, which means the camera is nowhere in sight, and the deliciousness goes un-documented.

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I was prepared this time!

This recipe was inspired by Ashley’s avocado basil pesto, and Emily’s edamame hummus.  Both sounded amazing, and I wanted to make something with what I had on hand.  Best of both worlds?

Basil Avo-mame Spread [vegan, gluten free]

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Makes: 4-6 servings

Basil Avo-mame Spread [vegan, gluten free]

This simple spread is cross between a hearty dip and pesto, great for spreading on toast or even mixing into your favorite pasta dish!


  • 1/2 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 bunch basil (about 1 cup, loosely packed)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper


  1. Put the garlic and basil in the food processor, run until finely chopped.
  2. Add edamame, avocado, and lemon juice, and process until all ingredients are well distributed - pausing now and then to scrape down the sides.
  3. If the mixture is not moving around well in the processor, slowly add the water until it reaches a smooth and creamy consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste
  4. Serve and enjoy!


Now that I think about it, this would make a really amazing  sauce for zucchini noodles!  Or you could spread a few tablespoons on socca flatbread for a delicious lunch.

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Or just eat it by the spoonful.  Guilty of that one too!

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Of course I had to give it a silly name, but hey – I never claimed to be good at this whole “naming recipes” thing.

It’s basil-y, garlic-y, and perfect for a summer dip.  I think I need to go buy more edamame now.

Pick one – spread, dip, or sauce?

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