Vegan Walnut Pesto

BY : PUBLISHED : June 14th, 2021 UPDATED: September 29th, 2022

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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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 69 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.


With just six ingredients, this versatile and flavorful spread/dip/sauce is great on pizza, pasta, and crostini.


Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 223kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 3gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 291mgPotassium: 108mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 82IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
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Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

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  1. Olivia says

    5 stars
    I just tried this yesterday and it was delicious! I added some vegan parm to top it off but it wasn't needed, as this pesto is incredibly satiating, thick, and cheezy! And soooo simple.

    • Andrea White says

      So glad you enjoyed it! It's a yummy one alright!

  2. sara says

    4 stars
    I tried this today (minus the garlic) and I think the 1 teaspoon salt is excessive! Add a little at a time 🙂 Other than that, it was delicious. But I had to almost double the recipe to be able to stomach the salt content.

    • Andrea White says

      Thanks for the input! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed it overall!

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