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Simple Dairy Free Pesto - Vegan pesto has never tasted better. Gluten free and paleo, this even comes with a nut free option! Best homemade pesto I've ever tried! (+10 Ways to Use it!)

Simple Dairy Free Pesto

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 3/4 cup pesto 1x


My favorite homemade basil pesto! You won’t be missing anything with this fresh, flavorful vegan pesto. It’s gluten and dairy free, and it’s easily nut free! 


  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews (or, additional pumpkin seeds)
  • 34 Tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon (add zest, too, for more lemon flavor)
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor (I prefer blender) and puree until very smooth and well mixed. Taste and add additional lemon juice, salt, or pepper, to taste.
  2. Pesto will keep in the refrigerator about 1 week.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: sauces, condiments
  • Method: no cook, blender, food processor
  • Cuisine: italian

Keywords: pesto, vegan pesto, dairy free pesto, pumpkin seeds, cashews, basil, nut free pesto, homemade pesto