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vegan pesto sauce inside a glass jar surrounded by basil leaves, lemon, and pine nuts

Easy Vegan Pesto

  • Author: purelykaylie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Dip, Dressing, & Spreads
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


This 5-minute vegan pesto is SO easy to make and super tasty. Enjoy it on pasta, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and more! 



  • 2 packed cups fresh basil, de-stemmed
  • 2/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp parsley, de-stemmed (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or high-speed blender. Pulse/process ingredients until smooth and creamy, adding additional water if needed.
  2. Transfer to an airtight jar or container. Store in the refrigerator. Serve with pasta, sandwiches, pizza, salads, and more! 


  • Keep pesto stored in an airtight jar/container in the refrigerator. It should keep for up to 1 week. 


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 255
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fat: 22g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 8.5g

Keywords: easy vegan pesto, vegan pesto, homemade pesto