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Easy Vegan Pesto Recipe

This easy vegan pesto recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Simple, easy, and so nutritious, this vegan pesto recipe can be whipped up in five minutes flat to be used on pasta, sandwiches, or as a dip!

Course dinner, dip, lunch, Main Course, sauce, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword easy vegan pesto, easy vegan pesto recipe, healthy pesto, healthy vegan pesto, pesto, pesto pasta, vegan pesto, vegan pesto pasta, vegan pesto recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Lauren McNeill, RD MPH


  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 handful arugula optional, can sub with more basil
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds shelled
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water can sub with more olive oil


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until desired consistency. Enjoy on sandwiches, pasta, or as a dip!