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Attention vegan buddies! I brought you the best vegan pesto sauce recipe for you to elevate any meal you serve! Pesto sauce is actually a magic sauce. Add it to anything and it makes a world of difference!
This pesto vegan sauce is creamy, cheesy, healthy, and dreamy! The vibrant green color makes you want to add it to everything, and I can’t blame you!
Let’s be real, nothing beats homemade recipes. So save yourself a trip to the grocery stores, say bye to store-bought pesto and make this delicious vegan pesto at home!
Make It Vegan!
How is it different?
The traditional pesto recipe contains dairy products, like parmesan cheese, which is also not vegan-friendly. However, in this vegan recipe, parmesan cheese is replaced by nutritional yeast to give the cheesy flavor we’re looking for, which makes it a dairy-free version as well!
Some people like to eliminate it altogether. Some might replace it with vegan cheese. It all depends on your availability and preferences.
Best Dishes To Go With This Sauce
Pesto is one of my favorite sauces! It’s a great way to dramatically improve the taste of your favorite foods! It makes a great addition to your breakfast, lunch, and even dinner! So I will give you some recipes so you can use your homemade pesto jar to the fullest!
Pesto eggs are all the rage on the internet, and for good reason! It’s a quick and delicious way to start your day! So next time you’re making eggs, spice up your game and add a little bit of your pesto vegan sauce and enjoy!
Now that you have your pesto sauce ready, why not give vegan pesto pasta a shot?! It is super quick, and it makes a great dish to serve at lunch for your family or guests! Pick your pasta of choice and add as much sauce as you like! Not only that, but pesto pizza is a great recipe for lunch or dinner too!
This vegan sauce could also be used as a salad dressing, which is especially refreshing during the summer months! Drizzle some of your sauce over your pasta salad to bring the flavor back to life!
Take Your Pasta To A Whole New Level!
Add a thin layer of olive oil to your jar to prevent it from turning dark.
Toasting your nuts is what gives a nutty flavor to the sauce which we are not necessarily looking for, so you could skip that.
When you’re blending, don’t do it continuously as it might damage the basil which reduces the flavor of the sauce.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best way to store them in a freezer is in ice cube trays. Your sauce keeps well in an airtight container for a week in the fridge.
Yes, of course! This sauce is super versatile you could always play around with the ingredients. You just need to add serrano pepper, red pepper, and black pepper.
Yes, it is. Besides the fact that it contains fresh herbs, it also has many health benefits.
Your Go To Sauce!
Fresh basil leaves: It is the main ingredient of the sauce and what gives it a bright green color.
Pine nuts: You could use walnuts or cashews instead.
Garlic cloves: Used to give a kick of flavor.
Fresh lemon juice: It is used to preserve the color and to add a touch of acid.
Nutritional yeast: It is the substitute for parmesan, feel free to use vegan cheese instead.
Extra virgin olive oil: You could substitute it with water.
Water: It’s what makes it smooth and more sauce-like.
Salt: Add it to taste.
Steps To Prep
Put the basil, nuts, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and sea salt into a food processor and blend until a paste is formed.
Then, start adding olive oil little by little. After that add water until you get your preferred consistency.
Adjust it to your liking, jar it up and enjoy!
Other Vegan Recipes You Must Try:
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- Brownie Baked Oatmeal (gluten free- Vegan)
- Lentil and Squash Vegan Soup Recipe
- Creamy Vegan Rice Pudding (Dairy & Gluten Free)
- The Supreme Vegan Black Bean Burger
- Top 10 Vegan Dessert Recipes
- Dairy-Free & Vegan Alfredo Sauce
- Baked Spicy Eggplant Cilantro Recipe (Vegan)
- Vegan Lentil Dip – kibbet Adas
Vegan Pesto Sauce
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 3 tablespoons pine nuts
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- ¼ tablespoon salt
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil, extra virgin
- 5 tablespoons water
- Put the basil, nuts, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and sea salt into a food processor and blend until a paste is formed.
- Then, start adding olive oil little by little. After that add water until you get your preferred consistency.
- Adjust it to your liking and enjoy!