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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.

Walnut pesto pasta on a white plate.

Walnut Pesto

4.94 from 75 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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!


  • 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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Additional Info

Author: Toni Okamoto & Michelle Cehn
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this oil-free by substituting an equal amount of avocado, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a splash of water. Delish!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 4 stars
      Wish I’d read this before making it! It’s way too much salt so I’ll have to add more of the other ingredients

      1. It’s definitely one of those that’s easy to adapt! Hope you enjoy it if you give it another go 🙂