dairy-free pesto

Dairy Free Pesto

  • Author: Erin


An easy dairy-free pesto recipe made with nutritional yeast, basil, olive oil, and nuts, and is perfect as a pasta sauce, on chicken, or on your favorite pizza. You’re going to be trying to find ways to include this vegan pesto sauce on everything!



  • 3 cups basil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts (or other nut or seed like walnuts or pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional – can replace with parmesan cheese if not dairy free)


  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or high-powered blender, like a vitamix.
  2. Process until well-combined and to desired texture, scraping down sides as needed.
  3. Taste and add additional lemon juice or salt if needed.
  4. Store in fridge for up to one week.