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Vegan Green Pesto

15 min

Spread

Make-ahead

10 ingredients or less

Enjoy this homemade green pesto in a pasta salad, in a sandwich or wrap, or as a dip for crackers and veggies.

Servings

(2 Tbsp per serving)

Total

15 min

Prep

5 min

Cook

10 min

Contains

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tree nut

Free from

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soy

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peanut

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sesame

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gluten

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (58 g)
    raw walnuts
  • ½ cup (68 g)
    raw pine nuts
  • 1 cup (24 g)
    fresh basil, packed
  • 1 cup (20 g)
    arugula, packed
  • ⅓ cup (50 g)
  • ¼ cup (60 mL)
    olive oil
  • ¼ cup (60 mL)
    water
  • 2
    cloves garlic
  • 1
    lemon, juiced
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp
    flaked sea salt
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Directions

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  1. Heat a small pan over medium-high heat, and toast the walnuts and pine nuts until fragrant for 3 - 5 minutes, stirring continuously. Transfer to a food processor.
  2. To the same food processor, add the basil, arugula, nutritional yeast, oil, water, cloves, lemon juice, black pepper, and salt.
  3. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy, and enjoy!

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Sena - Oct. 4, 2021, 11:03 p.m.

Do you think I could skip the nutritional yeast? Would it mess up the taste?

Also, FYI some of the ads that pop up for me feature burnt legs etc. - not appetizing when I'm looking into recipes :( Maybe you can switch it up?

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2021, 3:04 a.m.

Hey Sena, I'm so sorry to hear that the displayed ads are in bad taste. Could you provide some more information about the country you're in and what the ad is about precisely, then we can track it down and stop it from being displayed. You can send the information to [email protected]. Thank you so much for helping us keep our site a clean and pleasant place to be - it's so appreciated! As for the nutritional yeast, you can leave it out if you'd like - we just added it becuase it gives the pesto a bit of a cheesy taste, but I'm sure it'd still be delicious if excluded 😊


Louise Magnusson🇸🇪 - Oct. 4, 2021, 4:42 p.m.

Pleasant and very creamy pesto! I’ve never liked basil, so I replaced it with an equal amount of arugula. It still tasted like pesto due to the buttery nuts and lemon. I’m amazed that the nutritional yeast almost resembles the flavour of Parmesan.
I’ve only spread this pesto on crackers so far, but I’m excited to try it in warm meals

PUL Team - Oct. 4, 2021, 6:42 p.m.

Love the substitution for arugula, Louise! Nutritional yeast indeed continues to surprise as well 😃 Let us know if you find any good pairings with the pesto 😊


laetitia - Sept. 20, 2021, 5:33 p.m.

very easy and tasty!


Ellen - Sept. 12, 2021, 6:43 p.m.

Very good pesto recipe. Since I eat whole food plant based without oils I skip the olive oil but it’s still delicious!


Vivian H. - Aug. 23, 2021, 6:55 p.m.

Wow this is so good! I made this today and invented some new yoga moves to get every drop scraped out of my blender. 😃


Louise Moore - Aug. 12, 2021, 8:58 p.m.

I have just discovered you and your blog!! Cant wait to dive into this pesto Making it tonight! where do you get all those amazing dishes and jars??

PUL Team - Aug. 12, 2021, 10:44 p.m.

Hi there, Louise! A good number of our dishes and jars are from thrift stores - always very unique finds there. Others were purchased from local Dutch shops, such as Dille & Kamille or local potters in neighbouring towns. One of the more common rustic ceramics you might be seeing are those we purchased from NomLiving. We have some similar jars listed in our shop as well: pickuplimes.com/shop/?filter=…. We hope you love the pesto 😃


Charlotte - Aug. 12, 2021, 4:13 p.m.

Yummm! This pesto is incredible! I have enjoyed all of your pesto themed recipes to date and you may have just outdone yourselves with this one (although the Vegan Red Pesto is also amazing ❤🤔)! This recipe is bursting with flavour and today I enjoyed some in a toasted sandwich with roasted veggies and arugula. Soo good!

PUL Team - Aug. 12, 2021, 4:31 p.m.

Aw we appreciate this so much, Charlotte! Love it on sandwiches 😍


Dorina - Aug. 11, 2021, 10:56 a.m.

So so delicious! One of the best things I’ve ever made. Added it to gnocchi with some sauted mushrooms, it was a hit!

PUL Team - Aug. 11, 2021, 4:29 p.m.

A huuuge compliment, Dorina, thank you for the review! Love the additions :)


Morgan - Aug. 9, 2021, 5:02 p.m.

Delicious!!! This is my new go-to recipe for pesto! I did not have pine nuts, so I just doubled the walnuts. We had this tossed with pasta, as a spread for veggie wraps, and on toasted flatbread. Definitely keeping this recipe in regular rotation!

PUL Team - Aug. 10, 2021, 3:08 a.m.

We're so glad you enjoyed the pesto, Morgan! Thanks a bunch for sharing 🥰


Annie - Aug. 3, 2021, 3:28 p.m.

This was so yummy. My husband and our toddler loved it so much too, it was gone after one dinner!


Suzi - July 30, 2021, 6:49 p.m.

Absolutely delicious, simple, and great meal prep. I paired mine with some whole wheat sourdough.


Anke - July 26, 2021, 8:05 p.m.

Really creamy and tasty 😘


Rachel - July 24, 2021, 11:30 p.m.

Easy and absolutely delicious


Sm - July 24, 2021, 6:23 p.m.

Love it 😍


Raksha Bhat - July 24, 2021, 1:30 p.m.

Hands down the BEST pesto everr!!


Prachi - July 24, 2021, 5:45 a.m.

Your videos and recipes are an absolute source of calm.


Priyanka - July 24, 2021, 4:52 a.m.

I just had this pesto with some warm fluffy bread and it was heavenly!! Thank you 🙏 will definitely make again


Sarah - July 23, 2021, 4:19 p.m.

I love pestos and I really like this one! I prefer using roasted garlic, also in hummus and other dips. That way you have the delicious garlicky taste but it isn't as sharp and you don't "smell" like it 😅 You can roast a few garlic cloves and prepare them for further recipes. Simply preheat the oven to 180 Celcius and put them in there for about 10 minutes. All the Best from Austria 💗

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 8:38 p.m.

A lovely suggestion, Sarah! We have a recipe for roasted garlic here if you're interested: pickuplimes.com/recipe/roaste… 🤩


Kim - July 23, 2021, 12:41 a.m.

Would nutritional yeast flakes be suitable as well? I can't seem to find it in a powder form

Jacqui - July 23, 2021, 11:26 a.m.

should be fine as it goes in the blender so will get finer. Its only in flake form where i live as well.

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 2:20 a.m.

That will work, Kim! Let us know how it goes 😃


Brenda - July 23, 2021, 12:02 a.m.

Coincidentally today I made up my mind to make a vegan version of a green pesto for the first time (That's my favorite pesto). Went into the store, bought me some pine nuts. Forgot about the pesto when I came home. Switch my laptop on and there was a notification of you with .... the vegan green pesto. So excited to try this. Thank you

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 2:18 a.m.

Sounds like it was meant to me! Let us know how it goes, Brenda 😃


Ade - July 22, 2021, 7:44 p.m.

Thank youuuuu! I was looking for a quick and delicious dinner, too hot to cook here in Italy! Gonna make it right now 😍 always the best