Easy No Oil Basil Pesto Tomato Salad

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A beautiful salad that is super fresh and truly nutritious.

Made with only pure, whole natural plant foods with no added oil or sugars.

The pesto dressing is easy to make as well as quite satiating.

You can make a large batch of the pesto not only for the salad but other fresh or baked vegetables as a dip or topping. Or pasta, for that matter.

You can choose to make this salad as a side dish or maybe use it as a main one…

The pesto is quite satiating but since it’s made with whole walnuts, it will actually help you lose weight.

Health and Weight-loss promoting

It is a salad!

Not only that but a salad with dressing from whole plant foods!

That means no oil and sugar in the dressing that could have added a lot of calories (and pounds) to your meal.

The vegetables are rich in all kinds of micronutrients that will keep hunger at bay and promote health and healing.

The walnuts are a whole plant food source of healthy fats that reduce inflammation and protect the brain. Rich in iron and magnesium as well.

The raw garlic and onions are an antioxidant powerhouse, helping you detoxify and fight oxidative stress.

Easy No Oil Basil Pesto Tomato Salad

Venelina Dove M.D.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Healthy Oil-Free Vegan Salads
Cuisine European
Servings 1 Serving


For the pesto

  • 2 handfuls (135 g) fresh basil
  • ¾ cup (60 g) raw walnuts, 2 oz
  • ½ (110 g) tomato, 4 oz
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp Himalayan salt

For the salad

  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ cucumber, sliced
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 leaves romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 handful of raw walnuts, chopped
  • several twists black pepper, freshly ground
  • salt to taste


  • For the pesto, put all ingredients in a blender or a food processor until finely chopped and well combined.
  • Layer the sliced tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce in a large dish,
    season with black pepper and salt. Sprinkle chopped red onion and
    walnuts over the salad.
  • Serve with the basil pesto.
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I’m Venny, I am a medical doctor and I believe great health stems from eating whole plant foods. Here you’ll find delicious (mostly) oil-free whole food, plant-based recipes and learn how food makes you healthy!

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