This easy dairy-free pesto is fresh, flavorful, and ready in five minutes. This recipe is made with cashew butter, basil, olive oil, and other clean ingredients. Add vegan pesto to your favorite pasta, sandwiches, or flatbreads.
I’ve been slowly transitioning to a dairy-free lifestyle which meant a classic dairy-free pesto recipe needed to happen STAT.
You might be wondering “Isn’t your five-minute pea pesto dairy-free?”
And to that, I would say…”You aren’t wrong.”
BUT I wanted a more creamy, classic-style dairy-free pesto this time around.
That recipe is also nut-free while this recipe contains cashews. 😉
So, what is pesto!?
Pesto traditionally consists of crushed garlic, pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, olive oil, and hard cheese such as Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Sardo.
It gets blended up into a delicious sauce or spread that is perfect for pasta, pizza, or sandwiches.
It’s also delicious on top of Cauliflower Gnocchi with Shrimp.
What Ingredients do I need to make dairy-free pesto?
- Olive Oil
- Cashew Butter
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9 creative ways to eat dairy-free pesto!
Pesto isn’t just for pasta, y’all. There are so many other fun ways to incorporate pesto into your diet.
- Drizzled over avocado toast or your eggs for a savory breakfast.
- Stir it into plain Greek yogurt for a delicious dip with chips or veggie sticks.
- Use pesto in place of red sauce for pizza.
- Bake pesto into your bread for a delicious garlicky basil flare.
- Spread a generous layer onto your sandwich in place of mustard or mayo.
- Add some vinegar to your pesto to thin it out and create a herb-vinaigrette for salad or pasta salad.
- Add pesto to potato salad or baked potatoes.
- Drizzle dairy-free pesto over steak, chicken, or pork chops.
- Blend this dairy-free pesto with chickpeas to make a delicious plant-based pesto-hummus.
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments if so!
Is pesto healthy?
Pesto is made with good-for-you ingredients like olive oil and fresh herbs.
The term “healthy” is highly subjective, but I consider pesto to be a very healthy option when it comes to sauces based on the ingredients.
Pesto is not a low-calorie or low-fat food.
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I hope you enjoy this quick and easy five-minute vegan cashew pesto!
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