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Almond Herb Pâté


This simple base pâté is balanced by the richness of the almonds and pine nuts, acid of the lemon and sea salt, making this recipe a platform to add your favorite combinations of fresh herbs and spices. Serve on top of a salad, on crackers, in wraps, or as the base for raw burgers, fillings and dips.
  • Serves: 2 cups
  • Active Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
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Step 1: Preparing the Almond Pâté

Preparing the Almond Pâté
  • 1 1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked for 2 to 3 hours in water, then drained
  • 3/4 cup raw pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup water


First, gather and prepare your mise en place.

To prepare the paste, in a food processor, pulse the almonds, pine nuts, garlic, lemon, salt and water until a coarse consistency.

Use this recipe as a base pâté and add your favorite herbs and spices.

Step 2: Flavoring the Pâté

Flavoring the Pâté
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • chile flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil (optional)
  • 4 leaves fresh sage (optional)
  • 3 tbsp olives, pitted (optional)


To flavor the pâté, blend in any, or all, optional ingredients, if desired, to achieve different flavor profiles.

Chef's Notes

The consistency of nuts and seeds provides great foundational texture and consistency for many raw dishes such as veggie patties, spreads and dips. While the fat content is higher in these foods, so is the nutrient density, making them a great choice to build a variety of raw meals from pâtés to fillings, and binders or bases for raw burgers or croquettes.


  • Cristiane P
    Cristiane P
    Hello! Can I replace raw pine nuts with other nuts? In my country it is very expensive!! Thanks!
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Cristiane, yes, other nuts work well. Please experiment to find which flavors and textures you like.
  • Lisa L
    Lisa L
    What flavors were added to the Pate in the picture? Looks great.
  • Lauren L
    Lauren L
    Hi Lisa, I believe this particular variation has red bell peppers, green onions and dill. You can add pimento peppers to make a pimento cheese like dip as well. Have fun with this one, it is pretty versatile. Lauren
  • Jacqueline C
    Jacqueline C
    Can we prepare this pâté the night before ?
  • Brian S
    Brian S
    Absolutely, just remember to cover it and keep it cool
  • Helaine  S
    Helaine S
    This is a delicious recipe!! I hollowed out a homemade boule and served it inside. Everyone loved it. My only disappointment was not having leftovers. I used kalamata olives and drizzled olive oil on top. It’s wonderful how something so simple can taste so good!

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