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Vegan Basil Pesto is so delicious and versatile, use it on anything, really!
Vegan Basil Pesto (whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free)

I love making homemade pesto. It’s perfect on practically anything. Top it over toasties, toss it in pasta, add it to quinoa, or drizzle it over salmon. The possibilities are endless.

Since I’m constantly using pesto, I figured it’s about time I share my recipe and make a post out of it so I can easily refer back to it as needed.
Vegan Basil Pesto (whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free)

How do you keep pesto green?

Since I added walnuts to my pesto, it won’t be as bright green as if you were to use pine nuts.

  • I find that lemon juice prevents the pesto from oxidizing.
  • Also, throw in a couple ice cubes while blending which stops the oxidation process.
  • When storing pesto in the refrigerator, cover the pesto with a plastic wrap and make sure the plastic wrap is touching down on the pesto. This will help keep the pesto green.

What can you use instead of walnuts?

Traditionally, pesto is made with pine nuts which are pretty expensive. I love using walnuts as an alternate, however you may use pine nuts. pistachios, or almonds.

Can you make pesto nut-free?

Absolutely! Instead of using walnuts, feel free to use sunflower or pumpkin seeds which work really well in pesto. I would use the same amount of seeds in place of walnuts, however feel free to add a little more if you wish.

Tips on making Basil Pesto:

  • You will need a food processor to make pesto.
  • To begin with, pulse the basil and nuts.
  • Add most of the other ingredients. Pulse some more.
  • Stream in the olive oil while the food processor is running.

Vegan Basil Pesto is:

Delicious
Versatile
Just as good with cheese
6 ingredients
Gluten-free
Vegan
Vegan Basil Pesto (whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free)

How to make Vegan Basil Pesto recipe step by step?

1. In a food processor, add fresh basil and walnuts.
2. Pulse a few times until basil is chopped.
3. Add garlic, green chilies, an ice cube, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.
4. Pulse until well-blended.
5. Stream in the olive oil while running the food processor.
6. Adjust salt as per taste. Pesto is ready.

Enjoy!

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5 from 2 votes

Vegan Basil Pesto

By: Nisha
Vegan Basil Pesto is so delicious and versatile, use it on anything, really!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients 

  • 3 cups basil
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 green chilies
  • salt to taste
  • touch of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 ice cubes
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Instructions 

  • In a food processor, add fresh basil and walnuts.
  • Pulse a few times until basil is chopped.
  • Add garlic, green chilies, an ice cube, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.
  • Pulse until well-blended.
  • Stream in the olive oil while running the food processor.
  • Adjust salt as per taste. Pesto is ready.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 381IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
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Hi, I'm Nisha!

I'm a foodie who is passionate about healthy-ish living and mindful eating. You'll find a bit of everything here. I use mostly organic real ingredients and incorporate seasonal produce in my cooking. I believe food is medicine. Join me on this soul-searching journey as I share my love for good food, and I hope I inspire you to eat better somewhere along the way.


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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    It worked perfectly – I used sunflower seeds instead of nuts but didn’t adjust the salt, so that’s on me. I love it.

  2. will be making this and your other pesto dishes soon i love pesto sooooooooooo much sorry i skip commenting on this yesterday as was tired after work perfect for my after office meals and pesto wraps will dm you if i make this and other pesto dishes and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya