This Vegan Basil Cashew Pesto recipe could not be tastier! Made with just a handful of simple, healthy ingredients, this creamy vegan pesto makes a vibrant accompaniment to a variety of foods and dishes!
This creamy Vegan Pesto recipe makes for a magnificent way to use fresh basil! It is so utterly delicious that you would never guess that it is completely dairy-free and without cheese. It’s most reminiscent of a classic basil pesto recipe, and can be enjoyed a large variety of ways.
This Easy Vegan Basil Cashew Pesto is:
Easy to make.
Filled with wholesome, nutrient-dense ingredients.
Vegan, dairy-free, cheese-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free.
What Ingredients are Needed to Make Vegan Cashew Pesto?
Apple cider vinegar.
Garlic or garlic powder.
(Note: see recipe card near bottom of post for full ingredients, amounts, and method.)
How to Make Vegan Cashew Pesto - Step by Step
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor.
2. Blend until smooth.
3. Salt to taste.
Top Tips for Making Basil Cashew Pesto
Keep it Fresh
I recommend using fresh basil for best results!
This Vegan Basil Cashew Pesto keeps well in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 10 days!
Common Recipe Questions
Can I make this vegan pesto recipe nut-free?
Yes! Simply use raw sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds in place of the cashews!
Can I omit the nutritional yeast?
Yes. This vegan pesto will not have the same ‘cheesy’ undertones but will still be super delicious!
Can I replace the vinegar with lemon juice?
Yes. The apple cider vinegar can be replaced with either lemon or lime juice for similar results.
More Vegan Pesto Recipes
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Sunny Spring Pea & Basil Vegan Pesto (Gluten-Free)
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Vegan Cashew Pesto
- 1 cup packed basil 20 grams
- 1/2 cup raw cashews 75 grams
- 1/3 cup olive oil 290 grams
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 4 garlic cloves
- sea salt or pink salt to taste
- In a food processor or blender combine all of the above ingredients (except salt).
- Blend until smooth.
- Salt to taste.
I need to get my hands on some nutritional yeast! This sounds great.
Alisa Fleming says
This recipe has two new-to-me things to try in pesto - cashews and vinegar! Sounds like a flavorful and creamy combo.
How delicious! Perfect for so many dishes
Jules Shepard says
I'm loving all the green on your page recently AND this looks so yummy!