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Vegan Red Pesto

10 min



10 ingredients or less

This speedy red pesto is absolutely addictive and so intensely flavourful! Enjoy it in pasta, spread it into a sandwich or wrap, or serve it with some crackers and vegetables as a dip. If you ever make it for friends or family, be prepared to share the recipe, 'cuz we can guarantee they'll be asking for it!


(2 Tbsp per serving)


10 min


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5 min


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  • ½ cup (79 g)
    raw almonds
  • 1 cup (150 g)
    sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • ½ cup (120 mL)
    oil from jar of sun-dried tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup (8 g)
    fresh basil, packed
  • 2
    cloves garlic
  • ½
    lemon, juiced
  • ½ tsp
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper


  1. Heat a small pan over medium-high heat, and toast the almonds for 4 - 5 minutes, stirring throughout.
  2. Add the toasted almonds and all the remaining ingredients to a food processor, and blend. Enjoy with crackers or as a spread on your favourite sandwich!


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Ward - June 15, 2024, 9:29 a.m.

Love it, easy and tasty

Hana - April 4, 2024, 11:53 a.m.

I've been making this recipe with falafel wraps for years now, and it's always amazing. Packed with flavor, boosts any meal, I love it!

PUL Team - April 4, 2024, 3:47 p.m.

Yay we're so glad that you've been enjoying the red pesto, Hana!

Mathilde B - March 16, 2024, 9:18 p.m.

Le meilleur pesto !! S’il n’est pas assez liquide je rajoute une tomate pelée et il devient extrêmement soyeux -et vraiment délicieux ! ✨

Gesa von Hirschheydt - Feb. 21, 2024, 7:21 p.m.

I have made this delicious pesto several times already and it has always been MUCH better than any store bought red pesto. Last time, I even added a few Brazil nuts and some artichokes from a jar and that worked very well too.

PUL Team - Feb. 22, 2024, 5:11 a.m.

So glad that you’re enjoying the red pesto, Gesa von Hirschheydt!

Lorena - Feb. 20, 2024, 6:33 p.m.

Absolutely delicious! And less expensive than the store bought jar which is so tiny too! Thank you!! With the way things are going, every recipe I'm trying from the app is a success and I may just get rid of all my big bulky recipes!

PUL Team - Feb. 20, 2024, 6:49 p.m.

Aw we're so thrilled that you're enjoying the recipes on the PUL App, Lorena! We have lots more exciting and delicious recipes coming 🤗

Iman Hayani - Feb. 20, 2024, 4:13 p.m.

Super delicious

Dania Baker - Jan. 29, 2024, 12:12 a.m.

Made this. Very yummy!

Bhavya P - Sept. 25, 2023, 5:13 p.m.

Totally in love with this. Thank you for the amazing recipe.❤️

How many days can we store this in the fridge?

PUL Team - Sept. 25, 2023, 11:07 p.m.

Thanks, Bhavya, this is one of our favourite spreads! It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days 😊

Helen Hope - Sept. 24, 2023, 8:13 p.m.

A fantastic tasting pesto! This is definitely going to become a favourite! Only had flaked almonds and not quite enough so added walnuts as well. 😋

Maisa B - Sept. 24, 2023, 6:04 p.m.

This is the best pesto ever!

Fiona - Sept. 16, 2023, 12:13 p.m.

Just perfect! Incredibly tasty and so satisfying!

Hanneke - Aug. 20, 2023, 8:47 p.m.

Love this recipe! I didn't have any basil, so I subbed with a little dry oregano, came out really well. I wanted to prep this for next days lunch, but had a hard time not eating it right away lol

PUL Team - Aug. 21, 2023, 4:15 a.m.

We're so glad the red pesto is being enjoyed, Hanneke - and love the idea to use a little oregano!

Darcie - Aug. 1, 2023, 3:53 a.m.

One of our all time favorite recipes we've been making for years!

BLWH - July 31, 2023, 9:50 p.m.

Delicious on it’s own and can’t wait to try it on the pizza panini sandwich.

Sonja - July 29, 2023, 5:57 p.m.

Make sure to only make this when you’re ready to serve because trust me, you’ll eat all of it if you prepare it in advance before you can serve it😂! Packed with flavour and makes for a great pasta sauce to if you mix with some passata!

PUL Team - July 30, 2023, 7:39 p.m.

Ooo love the idea to add the red pesto to passata sauce! Thank you, Sonja 😊

Tarumaija - July 22, 2023, 1:22 p.m.

Loved it! I used cashews instead of almonds.

Manu M. - July 11, 2023, 8:34 p.m.


Zoë - July 4, 2023, 6:11 p.m.

Just made this A-MA-ZING pesto! So simple, so delicious :P Made it in preparation for the red pesto pizza sandwich and if this is how it’s tasting so far, I can’t wait for the end result!!

PUL Team - July 6, 2023, 2:38 a.m.

Woohoo! So thrilled to hear, Zoë, thank you ☺️

noya2525nenyair - June 30, 2023, 3:54 p.m.


Marisa B. - June 26, 2023, 3:09 a.m.

This is DELICIOUS!!!!! Made it tonight and I added it to pasta and it was a hit with my 3 year old son.

Yolanda - June 4, 2023, 12:15 p.m.

Super easy to make and very tasty

Sarah - May 29, 2023, 3:35 a.m.

So quick to make, so yummy and so versatile! Thank you 🙂

Letty - May 14, 2023, 1:55 a.m.

I have always loved the sundried tomato pesto with Parmesan, so I wanted to see if this recipe was just as delicious, it absolutely was!!!! I spread it on slices of baguette for an appetizer. Loved it!!

PUL Team - May 15, 2023, 7:13 a.m.

Woohoo! Thank you, Letty 😃

Avril - May 9, 2023, 6:35 p.m.

Loved this. I blended it a bit too much as had to use extra water, so it was smoother than your picture. Silly me used a blender cup instead of a food processor 😋, so it kept getting stuck to the sides. We actually used it as a sauce on tortellini, delicious. Thank you for a great recipe. Will have it chunky next time.

PUL Team - May 9, 2023, 8:23 p.m.

Aww so happy it was still enjoyed, Avril! Happy cooking 🤗

Chrissi - April 9, 2023, 1:09 p.m.

I love this recipe! I‘ve made it several times and it has become one of my go-to dishes to bring to an invitation (to use as a spread or condiment on a buffet).
I use ground almonds/almond flour instead of whole ones, which makes it a little smoother.
Thank you for all your delicious recipes and the beautifully done videos and website. It’s a delight cooking with you!

PUL Team - April 9, 2023, 5:47 p.m.

It means so much, Chrissi, thank you for sharing your experience with this one! Happy cooking 🤗

Zoe - Feb. 26, 2023, 12:38 p.m.

Delicious... I always have it in the fridge. Great with hummus and seeded rye toast.

Bethany - Jan. 20, 2023, 2:41 a.m.

Amazing! Truly amazing and our go to weekly lunch idea.

Merel - Dec. 30, 2022, 5:32 p.m.

Loved this recipe. Have already made it multiple times. And my boyfriend also loved the recipe, he keeps on asking me to keep on making it.

PUL Team - Dec. 31, 2022, 3:43 a.m.

Aw so glad it's being enjoyed, Merel, thank you!

Katia - Dec. 22, 2022, 10:37 a.m.

Made this recipe for dinner last night and it was amazing. I was out of almonds so used walnuts instead. Thank you for your delicious and simple to follow recipes.

PUL Team - Dec. 22, 2022, 6:25 p.m.

So happy to hear, Katia, thank you!

Mathilde - Oct. 14, 2022, 12:31 p.m.

Hi !
I don't have almonds but ground almonds, does it work as well ?

PUL Team - Oct. 14, 2022, 11:47 p.m.

Hey Mathilde, we prefer whole nuts as freshly roasting them before blending helps elevate the flavour and add some creaminess. You can use ground almonds too though. If you still want to roast them, just a heads up that they will toast much quicker 🙂

Bread - Sept. 21, 2022, 11:47 p.m.

This looks so yummy ! Sadly, I am allergic to almonds. Could I swap them out with something ? Thanks ! :)

PUL Team - Sept. 22, 2022, 2:39 a.m.

Hey there, Bread, Pine nuts, sunflower seeds or pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds) may work well. We hope you enjoy the pesto if you're able to give it a try 😃

Stephanie - Sept. 2, 2022, 7:14 p.m.

I have been making this recipe ever since I saw you make it on YouTube and it's just delicious! I could eat it with a spoon.

PUL Team - Sept. 5, 2022, 1:03 a.m.

So thrilled it's being enjoyed, Stephanie, it means so much 💛

Genesis - July 18, 2022, 1:03 a.m.

So yummy! You've done it again Sadia! I followed the recipe exactly and it was perfect.

PUL Team - July 18, 2022, 5:39 p.m.

Woohoo! A huge compliment, Genesis, thank you ❣️

Louise Magnusson 🇸🇪 - July 17, 2022, 10:51 p.m.

Well-balanced, perfect consistency, and intense flavours. So delicious as a condiment for a meal and a dip for vegetables! The lemon juice really helps to remove any “greasy” taste sensation from the oils in the almonds and sun-dried tomatoes.
Thank you PUL for another great snack recipe!!

PUL Team - July 18, 2022, 5:38 p.m.

We're so glad the pesto was enjoyed, Louise, thanks a bunch for taking the time to share your experience with it 🙂

Niki - June 9, 2022, 8:02 p.m.

Absolutely delicious...I've now made it several times, spread over wraps or sourdough for all the family...loved by everyone, thank you!

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 9:22 p.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Niki, we're so happy to hear!

Christine - May 29, 2022, 9:28 a.m.

So easy to make and oh so good, thank-you PUL team

Robin N. - May 27, 2022, 8:38 p.m.

This Red Pesto is both savory and filling. It provided a lovely amount of flavors to a plate of raw vegetables that just made the perfect lunch. Thanks so much for developing these delicious and easy recipes. I appreciate you PUL team!

PUL Team - May 28, 2022, 10:46 p.m.

Aw thank you for glowing review, Robin! We appreciate the support 🤗

Valentina - April 29, 2022, 9:34 p.m.

This recipe is absolutely delicious. Super comforting and satisfying, specially when added to salads 😋

PUL Team - April 30, 2022, 9:55 p.m.

Thank you, Valentina, we're so happy it's being enjoyed!

Janine - April 9, 2022, 1:28 p.m.

This was amazing <3

Rachel - April 6, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

I just tried this a few weeks ago, and I can’t stop making it! What a perfect addition to a sandwich! Thank you!

PUL Team - April 7, 2022, 12:24 a.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Rachel, thank you!

Petra - Dec. 21, 2021, 9:03 a.m.

Hi! I would love to make this pesto for christmas. Do you by any chance know if there is something easily available here in The Netherlands, that I could use to replace the nutritional yeast? It seems to be available at some shops, but it is also quite expensive.. 😅

PUL Team - Dec. 22, 2021, 3:31 a.m.

Hi Petra, thanks for the question! Nutritional yeast is a bit tricky to find an exact substitute for. Since it helps with creaminess, you could try adding pulverized cashews as a substitute. You could also omit the nutritional yeast and make a less creamy pesto. We hope this helps and you enjoy the recipe if you're able to give it a try ☺️

Petra - Dec. 22, 2021, 9:21 a.m.

Thank you for the tip! I'll let you know once I've made it ☺️✨

alice - Dec. 17, 2021, 4:07 p.m.

sadia, where is the recipe PDF ? They dissappeared ? ;((
I really wanna make it, and hope it will be equally delicious asLidl's (not vegan) bio red pesto, but with less satyurated fat ..
And still waiting for new minimalism/ lifestyle video ;)

PUL Team - Dec. 20, 2021, 9:10 p.m.

Hey Alice, thanks for the question, and apologies for any confusion! Just below the directions and storage information, there should be a green "print" button. When you click this it'll take you to a print page where we can save the recipe as a PDF. We can remove the image or adjust the font size if desired to make it fit on a different number of pages. We hope this helps for now and hope you enjoy the recipe 😊 We've noted down the request for more minimalism/ lifestyle content too ✨

Demi - Oct. 17, 2021, 10:39 a.m.

Would pine nuts work with this? I can't eat almonds, unfortunately. Has anyone tried this? :)

PUL Team - Oct. 17, 2021, 3:56 p.m.

Hi Demi, we haven't tested it out, but pine nuts generally work well in pesto so we imagine it would be fine. Do let us know how it goes if you try the pesto😃

Diana - Oct. 10, 2021, 3:40 p.m.

The best pesto I've ever tasted! I just can't believe I made something so delicious. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with us. It's so easy to follow them and every single thing I made, came out perfect. My boyfriend is making another batch for the next week :) We're obsessed. Yum!!

PUL Team - Oct. 10, 2021, 5:57 p.m.

A huuuge compliment, Diana! Thank you so much for sharing 🤗

Jacquelyn - Sept. 23, 2021, 1:38 a.m.

Has anyone tried freezing this? Looking to batch-cook a bunch with all the excess summer basil I have and then freeze for winter. Thanks!!

PUL Team - Sept. 24, 2021, 6:41 p.m.

Hi Jacquelyn! We haven't tested it out so we can't with certainty, but vegan pesto tends to freeze well for ~2 months. Do let us know you give it a try with this recipe 😃

Nicole - Sept. 15, 2021, 7:35 p.m.

I’ve made this twice (so far) and absolutely love it. It’s now a part of my lunch rotation. Thank you PUL!

PUL Team - Sept. 16, 2021, 2:29 a.m.

Aw so glad you're enjoying it, Nicole, thank you 😃

Stephanie - Sept. 14, 2021, 12:32 p.m.

Mmh, so goood and rich in flavour 🤤 I left out the nutritional yeast and the almonds and used 72g almond parmesan instead. Worked out just fine 🤩

PUL Team - Sept. 14, 2021, 10:25 p.m.

Mm sounds lovely, Stephanie, thanks for sharing your experience with this one!

Despoina Argyri - Sept. 4, 2021, 2:19 p.m.

I just made this beautiful recipe and god damn it is it delicious.! It deserves not 5 but 10+ starsI cant describe how much i love Pick Up Limes , your recipes never fail!! A lot of love and greetings from Greece!!

PUL Team - Sept. 4, 2021, 5:48 p.m.

Awe you're too kind, Despoina! It means so much that PUL content is being enjoyed 😃 Lot of love and greetings back to Greece 💚

Laura McIntyre - Aug. 29, 2021, 12:01 p.m.

Wow this is amazing!

Sherri - Aug. 13, 2021, 1:59 a.m.

Wow, absolutely delicious! We recently discovered PUL via Nathaniel Drew. We’re now bing-watching all your YT vid’s. This is the first recipe we’ve made and it will definitely be a go-to. Thank you for making nutrition so simple.

PUL Team - Aug. 13, 2021, 2:08 a.m.

So grateful you found PUL through our good friend Nathaniel! Welcome to the PUL community, Sherri 🥰

Anabella - July 29, 2021, 4:48 p.m.

My husband & I love all of your recipes! We especially love this red vegan pesto! So delicious as a veggie dip or with pita chips! Thank you!

PUL Team - July 30, 2021, 12:07 a.m.

Oh, Anabella, this means so much! So thrilled you're enjoying the pesto ☺️

Lynne - July 27, 2021, 10:53 a.m.

This is the most delicious spread literally ever!! My go to for breakfast, add it to some warm toast and the slices of avocado on top are truly magical. My non vegan friends were instantly asking me for this recipe. Give it a go, you won’t regret it!

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 9:05 p.m.

So glad you're enjoying the pesto, Lynne, thank you 😃

Kayla - July 27, 2021, 7:40 a.m.

This pesto is just outrageous! I have made it so many times that I practically have this recipe memorized!! And my family is just as obsessed with it as I am. Can't thank you enough Sadia!!!

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 8:38 p.m.

Oh so lovely, Kayla, thanks for sharing your review 🤗

Vivian H. - July 23, 2021, 11:26 a.m.

So simple yet so life-changing!

Catriona Fida - July 12, 2021, 4:05 p.m.

I make this pesto every week! It’s so versatile and goes with absolutely everything.

Ellie - July 11, 2021, 12:03 a.m.

Ta game changer - I love having this recipe up my sleeve! Tasty, filling and easy.

Evelina V - July 9, 2021, 2:25 p.m.

Dude, everyone should try this!!! It's super delicious and very versatile.
We are enjoying this even more in the summer since it's so hot and this is super easy to make. We are usually having this with some homemade bread and some homemade hummus, guacamole (or just smashed avocados with some lime if we are lazy) and lots of fresh veggies like tomatoes/cucumbers/bell peppers. It's a feast.
Thank you for all your amazing ideas, PUL team 🙏

PUL Team - July 14, 2021, 9:50 p.m.

Aww thank you for the lovely review, Evelina, your support means so much to us ✨💖

Anna - July 8, 2021, 10:33 p.m.

The Sun-dried Tomato Red Pesto recipe has to be my FAVORITE recipe on this blog! So so good. It's super simple and quick, and it pairs really well with a bagel and red onion. I also just eat the pesto with some whole-wheat crackers, and it never fails to make my day. Thank you Sadia!

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 2:50 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Anna! Thank you for sharing ✨😃

Erin - July 8, 2021, 8:07 p.m.

Take your sandwiches from "yeah, that's a good sandwich" to "daaaaaammnn okkkk that's a SANDWICH!" with this incredible pesto
Delicious and easy to make, thanks for the recipe!

PUL Team - July 12, 2021, 7:26 a.m.

This makes us so happy to hear, Erin! Thank you for the lovely review 😃

Katja - June 27, 2021, 12:59 p.m.

Hi Sadia,
I just tried out your red pesto.. it is delicious 😋!!! Had it on bread with some fresh sprouts. Thanks so much for sharing.. will definetly try more of your recipes.. I guess hummes is up next (never had it before, so it is going to be a first)..
Have a great day!

Greetings from your neighbor Germany ❤

PUL Team - June 29, 2021, 2:03 a.m.

Hey Katja, we're so glad you enjoyed the pesto! How exciting to be trying hummus soon as well - it's one of our favorites 😍 Lots of love to Germany ✨

Nicole - June 5, 2021, 8:12 p.m.

Amazing! It was so good 🤤

Suela - April 9, 2021, 5:54 p.m.

I am allergic to nuts. What can I used instead of almonds? I was thinking tahini, but I think the strong smell/taste will overpower the paste

PUL Team - April 10, 2021, 2:12 a.m.

Hi Suela! Sunflower seeds or pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds) would probably work well. Let us know how it goes if you try it out 😄