Vegan Basil and Spinach Pesto {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

Vegan Basil and Spinach Pesto {Gluten-Free, Vegan}

vegan basil spinach pesto

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Since I’ve titled my food blog Avocado Pesto I’m making it a new priority to share more pesto recipes on here. I make different kinds of pesto all the time – usually just tossing handful and dashes of ingredients into the food processor. This time though, with pen and pad in hand I was ready to document both the ingredients and the quantities.

I didn’t start to fully appreciate pesto until college – when one of my roommates introduced me to the joys of home made pesto for the first time. Sure I had had it before – but only out of jar filled with who knows how many additives and preservatives and then simply tossed with pasta.

Little did I know there was a whole pesto world out there I was missing out on. Now I eat it with hard boiled eggs for breakfast, spread onto sandwiches for lunch and mixed in with chicken or seafood either baked on pan fried for dinner. The possibilities are endless. Never fear – for those of you who are dairy free or vegan this pesto doesn’t have a shred of animal products. For the cheese connoisseurs out there I promise with this spinach vegan pesto you won’t even miss the lack of Parmesan.

vegan basil pesto with spinach


It’s good to introduce some vegan recipes into your diet and you can start with this simple vegan spinach pesto.

For my favorite recipe that incorporates pesto check out my avocado chickpea salad recipe

For a different flavored pesto throw in some sun-dried tomatoes to make vegan sun-dried tomato pesto.

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Serves 1.5 tablespoons

Vegan Basil and Spinach Pesto

Perfect sandwich spread, pasta sauce or dip

10 minsPrep Time

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  • 1/2 cup + 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 ounces basil
  • 1/2-1 ounce baby spinach (1 large handful)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced


  1. To food processor add all ingredients except for olive oil.
  2. Turn processor to high and add olive oil through feed chute in a slow steady stream. Start with 1/2 cup and add more olive oil until pesto reaches desired consistency.


Calories: 95 per serving cal

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    • Vicky says

      Thanks! I recently made a sun-dried tomato basil pesto which is my new favorite, and I’ll be posting the recipe on the blog soon!

  1. says

    Yum, I love fresh pesto! I have a basil plant that’s out of control at home, so this looks like the perfect recipe for trimming it back. I saw your Lara Bars on TK…headed over to the recipe now to check them out!!

    • Vicky says

      So jealous of your basil plant! I tried growing basil in a pot on my balcony but the area gets barely any sunlight so the plant just wilted away and died : / Hope you enjoy the larabars recipe!

    • Vicky says

      I’m going to say you can refrigerate it and it should be good for 5-7 days (though it could keep for as many as 10 days – I just want to be on the safer side). I made my sun-dried tomato pesto last Thursday and just had some this morning and it tasted great. If you make a large batch and want to freeze some a good trick is to freeze it in ice cube trays and then pop the frozen cubes in a zip lock bag and just defrost them as needed. Hope you enjoy the pesto!

  2. says

    Just made this for dinner and it was delicious. It will be getting used all week in various dishes 🙂 I’m taking part in the One Ingredient Chef’s 30-Day Challenge and your recipe fit in perfectly. Tossed it with some brown rice and avocado…yum!

    I’ve recently made pesto for the first time as well and I’m hooked on homemade – so simple and tasty.

    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Vicky says

      Aww thanks! Really appreciate you stopping by to let me know you liked it! Making homemade pesto is go great I love it! We are currently traveling and renting an apartment in Thailand so no food processor here for me so I have to resort to the store bought kind, but I sure miss making my own!

  3. says

    I also JUST made a cheese-less pesto (with cilantro and jalapeno) for my blog and I loved it! I almost think it’s better without cheese (this is coming from a cheese fanatic). I love this idea of using spinach to make a pesto- much more nutrient-packed and sounds delicious. Thanks for the idea! Pinned! 🙂

    • Vicky says

      Cilantro and jalapeno sound like a great pesto mix : ) Spinach works well in the basil pesto – giving it some more uumpth. But I definitely agree I love pesto without cheese too!

  4. Paula says

    Thank you for this incredibly delicious and thoughtful vegan pesto recipe. I’m recently off of dairy, and missing some of my favorite dishes, so finding your creation was beyond exciting. It is so refreshing, satisfying and flavorful…I absolutely love it. Thank you!!!

    • Vicky says

      Glad you liked the recipe Paula! Pesto is just as delicious with the cheese so there’s no reason you have to give it up even if you are off the dairy!

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