Vegan Walnut Pesto

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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.

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dish of pesto pasta with some leaves of basil on top

Walnut Pesto

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  • Author: Toni Okamoto & Michelle Cehn
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


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!


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


  1. 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.

Keywords: vegan, vegetarian, vegan pesto, dairy free, walnut pesto, basil pesto, italian pesto, basil sauce

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