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. It’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 don’t know why it has taken me so long to share it with the world!

There is nothing else to add except run (don’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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  1. Vogue and Heels said:

    This sounds and looks really good!


    4.18.13 · Reply
  2. meghan silva said:

    All I know is I have to make some!

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    4.18.13 · Reply
    • Julia Dzafic said:

      You definitely do 🙂

      4.18.13 · Reply
  3. Debra Barton Henn said:

    Sounds yummy 🙂

    4.18.13 · Reply
  4. The Avg Girl Guide said:

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

    4.19.13 · Reply
    • Julia Dzafic said:

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

      4.20.13 · Reply
  5. Anne [A Squared] said:

    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!

    4.23.13 · Reply
    • Julia Dzafic said:

      So glad that you now can make pesto for him. I think it’s better than the original 🙂

      4.23.13 · Reply
  6. Newlymeds said:

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

    5.2.13 · Reply
  7. Phindle said:

    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

    7.25.13 · Reply
    • DeeSue, Jeter & Jodi said:

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

      12.20.15 · Reply
  8. Evie Croft said:

    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!

    7.25.13 · Reply
  9. KK said:

    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!

    8.15.13 · Reply
  10. Vanessa said:

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

    8.16.14 · Reply
  11. Kelley said:

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

    10.26.14 · Reply