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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


5 min


5 min


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  • ½ cup (72 g)
    raw almonds
  • 1 cup (150 g)
    sun-dried tomato in oil, drained
  • ½ cup (120 mL)
    oil from jar of sun-dried tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup (8 g)
    fresh basil, packed
  • 2
    cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp (9 g)
  • ½
    lemon, juiced
  • ½ tsp
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper
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  1. Heat a small pan over medium-high heat, and toast the almonds for 3 - 5 minutes.
  2. To a food processor, add the toasted almonds and all the remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend on high speed until smooth, with little chunks remaining if desired. Enjoy!


  • Make-ahead: and store in the fridge as a snack or spread to enjoy throughout the week!


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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 😄