Dairy Free Garlic Basil Pesto

Pesto is one of those foods that I find you can never have too much of.  It is so versatile-used to spice up anything from pasta to chicken dishes. There are many ways to make pesto, but I am sharing my favorite simple recipe that also happens to be dairy free! Most recipes call for Parmesan cheese, but it really isn’t necessary to create the bold and delicious flavor of basil pesto.

For this recipe, I chose to use walnuts instead of pine nuts which tend to be quite a bit more expensive. Alternatively, you can substitute almonds, pistachios, macadamia nuts or even sunflower seeds in place of walnuts for your pesto.


Don’t let that extra basil from your garden go to waste. Making pesto and freezing it is a great way to preserve basilThis five minute recipe is quick, nutritious and will not disappoint! Not only is it dairy-free, it is also naturally gluten -free and vegan. If you did not grow your own basil this year, don’t worry, using fresh basil from the store works just as well.

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5 from 4 votes

Dairy Free Garlic Basil Pesto

Servings 1 cup


  • 2 cups basil loosely packed
  • 4 cloves peeled garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Simply add all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth! Add additional olive oil if mixture is too thick. 

  2. Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to 4 months. Enjoy!

Pesto is a versatile sauce and can be used in many different dishes including:

  • Pesto Pasta Salad
  • Pesto Flatbread Pizza
  • Pesto Chicken Pasta
  • Baked Pesto Chicken
  • Zucchini Noodles with Pesto


Do you have a favorite pesto recipe? Share it in the comments below!


  • Benajmin Carroll
    Posted August 3, 2018 3:56 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    Not only was this recipe delicious! But my basil this year has grown far faster than I have been able to use it. Making this and freezing it is a fantastic idea!

  • Heather
    Posted August 5, 2018 9:58 pm 0Likes

    I didn’t plant any basil this year but thankfully, I can get a ton from the CSA we belong to. Can’t wait to make this on Wednesday!

  • Maartje
    Posted August 29, 2018 1:47 pm 0Likes

    Thank you for this recipe! I’ve been feeding the kids I look after a lot of pesto pasta, but since I’m vegan, I always had to cook something else for myself. Going to make this next week. Bet they won’t even notice the difference ?

  • Laurence
    Posted August 29, 2018 2:10 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    so glad I discovered your blog and this recipe! thanks

  • Vidya Tiru
    Posted August 29, 2018 3:42 pm 0Likes

    This looks wonderful.. now I need to go get some basil

  • Amanda
    Posted August 29, 2018 6:38 pm 0Likes

    This sounds delicious! I love a good dairy-free pesto!

  • Shar
    Posted August 29, 2018 9:43 pm 0Likes

    I love pesto and this looks delicious! I love that it is dairy free too!

  • Denay
    Posted August 30, 2018 12:07 am 0Likes

    5 stars
    My husband and I love pesto! It’s perfect on pasta, pizzas and as a yummy sandwich spread. I look forward to trying your special recipe! Thanks for sharing it.

  • Evelyn Hernandez
    Posted August 31, 2018 1:17 pm 0Likes

    Love that you add walnuts, recipe seems to be light and that is what we want.

  • Asmaa El Borki
    Posted September 5, 2018 5:20 pm 0Likes

    5 stars
    Pesto, Tomatoes and Mozzarella will always be my favorite snack.

  • Sarah Garden
    Posted October 15, 2018 9:31 am 0Likes

    I like the idea of using walnuts…definitely have those in my pantry!

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