I harvested most of my pesto that I grow in a pot outside in the summer and decided to make this Simple Fresh Vegan Pesto. Growing basil at home is one of those things you wonder why you haven’t done it earlier, because it’s so easy! Making pesto at home is just as easy too, and tastes amazing on pasta, meats, and vegetables.
Traditional and most commercial pestos on the market contain cheese in it, and since my husband can’t eat cheese, I used a bit of organic nutritional yeast instead. It gives it some of that “cheesy” taste, even though it also tastes delicious without it, so don’t feel bad if you don’t have any nutritional yeast.
The funny thing is I used to stay away from basil, and I usually stay away from pesto at restaurants. I find commercial pestos too strong. But somehow, fresh pesto isn’t the same at all. This is the 4th time I’ve ever made fresh pesto, and I gotta say, it tastes nothing like the commercial stuff! It’s not as strong, but yet bursts with summer flavours. It’s a great addition to pasta dishes with vegetables, and meats or seafood if you wish.
I used a combination of walnuts and pine nuts in my pesto, just to add some flavour, but feel free to only use pine nuts or walnuts.
Go ahead, make your own fresh pesto, you won’t be disappointed! If you don’t grow your own, look for fresh basil at your grocery store (most stores now carry organic basil in small pots), or at a local Farmers’ Market, or just try to find an Italian Mama in your neighbourhood! 😉
Simple Fresh Vegan Pesto | Dairy-Free
Made with real ingredients and ready in just a few minutes. You can enjoy this dairy-free pesto over pasta, meat, seafood, salads, etc.
- 2 cups fresh basil washed and dried, organic if possible
- 1/2 cup raw pine nuts or raw walnuts, or a mix of both
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil organic if possible
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 tsp nutritional yeast (optional)
- a few pinches of sea salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- Put everything into a mini food processor or in your blender, and pulse until smooth (it's ok if it has tiny chunks of nuts).
Use immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
If you're not vegan or dairy-intolerant, you could replace the nutritional yeast with 1 Tbsp grated organic Parmesan cheese.
Note: I do not believe anyone should worry about counting calories, but here is the nutritional information for one serving
Calories: 247kcal | Fat: 25g | Saturated fat: 2g | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 192mg | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fiber: 1g | Protein: 3g | Vitamin A: 12.7% | Vitamin C: 11.6% | Calcium: 2.7% | Iron: 8.8%