Vegan Walnut Pesto

BY : PUBLISHED : June 14th, 2021 UPDATED: August 25th, 2021

This nutty, herbaceous pesto is made with walnuts instead of pine nuts, which will save you tons of money, and we promise you won’t even notice the difference. It’s that good! With just six ingredients, this versatile and flavorful spread/dip/sauce is great on pizza, pasta, and crostini.

Walnut Pesto

Toni Okamoto & Michelle Cehn
This amazing vegan pesto recipe is made with walnuts, which means is more affordable but as tasty as the original one with pine nuts. You will love it!
4.95 from 57 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 223 kcal


  • ½ cup of tightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup of raw walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic from about 2 small cloves
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In a high­powered blender or food processor, combine all the ingredients and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  • Enjoy the pesto immediately or store it in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Yield 2 cups.


Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 3gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 291mgPotassium: 108mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 82IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
Keyword basil pesto, basil sauce, dairy free, italian pesto, vegan, vegan pesto, vegetarian, walnut pesto
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