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Vegan Walnut Pesto Sauce Recipe

Vegan Walnut Pesto Sauce Recipe

By Kathypatalsky

I’ve been making Vegan Walnut Pesto Sauce for a while now and I’m constantly tweaking the recipe to try new ingredients and flavors. My favorite unique flavorful vegan ingredients to add are: nutritional yeast, white miso, a handful of flat leaf parsley and some spice from a jalapeño – optional. I used to prefer pine nuts as the ‘nutty’ ingredient. But walnuts (my new go-to pesto nut) offer a super healthy alternative and they are less expensive than pine nuts. Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, copper, manganese, folate, iron, B vitamins and more. Add in some vibrant leafy basil and you have a quite healthy pesto sauce worthy to drizzle over wraps, spread into pitas, toss with veggies or pasta and many more uses. Try my simple Vegan Pesto Sauce!..

Try Pesto on:

* Sandwiches

* Pasta

* Roasted Veggies

* Thin out with water for a flavorful salad dressing

* Drizzle inside pitas or wraps

* Keep thick for a dip consistency

More Walnut Recipe:

Roasted Winter Vegetables with Walnut Vinaigrette

Walnut Linzer Cookies

Potato, Leek and California Walnut Gratin

Double Apple-Walnut Bread

Vegan Walnut Pesto Sauce


  • 6 cups fresh basil leaves
  • handful of italian flat leaf parsley (optional)
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or grape seed oil
  • 1 Tbsp white miso paste
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice + a pinch of lemon zest
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • salt/pepper to taste (try truffle salt if you have some!)
  • 1 small jalapeño, optional

as needed to thin out: warm water (or drained pasta water if boiling pasta)

* I added about 1/2 cup pasta water to this pesto to give it a nice sauce-like texture as opposed to a thick chunky texture

To Make:

1. Add all ingredients in a blender or food processor.

2. Puree until smooth.

3. Add water until thinned out to desired consistency.

Use: pasta, sandwiches, wraps, over breakfast plates, dip.