Vegan Basil Pesto


This vegan basil pesto recipe is without a doubt, the best thing that I make. Hands down. In the spring and summer, I make this pesto every single week and save it and eat it almost daily. Itโ€™s so ridiculously good, there are no words. We eat it on gluten free pasta, as a spread on sandwiches, in salad dressings, to marinate fish or chicken, or to dip carrots in for a snack. I donโ€™t know why it has taken me so long to share it with the world!

There is nothing else to add except run (donโ€™t walk) to your kitchen immediately to whip up a batch!

-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
-Juice from 1/2 lemon
-4 garlic cloves, chopped and sauteed for 1-2 minutes
-A large handful of salted roasted cashews
-1-2 large bunches of basil (depends on how basil-y you want it to taste!)
-Salt and black pepper to taste
-Optional: small handful of pine nuts for a creamier taste

-Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender
-Enjoy on pasta, fish, chicken, or on salads or grains!

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  • This sounds and looks really good!


  • meghan silva

    All I know is I have to make some!

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  • Sounds yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • YUM! Pesto is so amazing on everything, and yours looks beyond good.

    • You have to try it. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

  • Thanks for sharing this! My husband is allergic to pine nuts, so this is a great alternative– and a way for me to get my pesto fix!

    • So glad that you now can make pesto for him. I think it’s better than the original ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Newlymeds

    This sounds delish! I just made a parsley pesto this week and definitely will give this recipe a try!

  • Phindle

    sounds, great on it’s own…but if it’s vegan, why suggest putting it on fish or chicken?
    Going to make it, and TY. 100% vegan-style

    • DeeSue, Jeter & Jodi

      perhaps they mean vegan fish or chicken recipes. Gardein makes incredible vegan fish and chicken options.

  • Evie Croft

    I just tried this recipe with fresh basil from my garden! This is the BEST basil pesto I have ever had! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  • KK

    I have been looking for a great vegan pesto- been disappointed until trying this one! This is truly easy and great! Thank you so much for ending my search!

  • Vanessa

    I’ve made this pesto twice now and its so amazingly delicious! Thank you so much for sharing! What a great recipe.

  • Kelley

    This is the BEST ever. I am having to refrain from eating it with a spoon!