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Easy Vegan Basil Pesto

Easy and quick vegan basil pesto features is perfect for pasta, grilled tofu or steamed vegetables.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: Basil, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Pesto, Vegan


  • 3 c basil leaves, light packed remove large stems
  • 1/4 c pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4-1/2 c olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  • Place basil, pine nuts, lemon juice nutritional yeast, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of fresh black pepper into a blender or food processor.  Pulse for 30 seconds to break up the mixture. Turn the blender on high and drizzle in 1/4 cup of olive oil. Taste for salt and pepper.
  • Additional oil can be added to thin down the dressing. Perfect if making a pasta sauce.