This creamy Avocado Basil Pesto can be used on pasta, in sandwiches, or as a dip. It comes together in about 5 minutes!
This Avocado Basil Pesto will take your vegan sandwich to a whole other level. It's great on pasta or served as a dip.
This vegan pesto is rich and creamy. I ate it on a focaccia sandwich and on pasta.
How to Make Avocado Basil Pesto
This recipe could not be any easier. You mix avocado, fresh basil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, and salt in a food processor.This creamy Avocado Basil Pesto can be used on pasta, in sandwiches, or as a dip. It comes together in about 5 minutes! Click To Tweet
Do I Have to Use Pine Nuts?
Absolutely not. You could use walnuts, pistachios, or almonds in this recipe.
Some people are allergic to pine nuts, and they are expensive, so feel free to use your favorite nuts.
Is Nutritional Yeast Necessary?
In my opinion, nutritional yeast is the best option for this recipe. It's a great substitute for parmesan cheese, which is what's in a traditional pesto.
You could try store-bought vegan parmesan. I've never had it, so I don't even know what ingredients are in it, but I'm sure it would make a great substitute for the nutritional yeast.
You could leave it out altogether, but it does impart a nice "cheesy" flavor.
How Long Does Avocado Basil Pesto Last?
This Avocado Basil Pesto will last 3-5 days in the fridge. I actually had mine a little longer and it tasted great, but I like to give the range for the best time to eat it.
Since it will turn brown from oxidization, mix it well when eating leftovers. This will bring forth the greener parts underneath to the forefront.
How to Keep Avocado Basil Pesto from Turning Brown
The way I got the pesto to stay green longer is by adding lemon juice. I tried placing plastic wrap directly on top in a sealed container, but that didn't work
I read that blanching the basil for 30 seconds in boiling water, then shock it in cold water also works, but I haven't tried that method yet.
Ways to Use Avocado Basil Pesto
- On pasta
- As a dip
- In a sandwich
- On pizza
- Mixed in a tofu scramble
Other Vegan Pesto Recipes
- Veggie Sandwich with Basil Pesto Hummus
- Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta
- Vegan Pesto Shirataki Noodles
- Mini Pizzas with Cilantro Pesto and Avocado
Avocado Basil Pesto Recipe
This creamy vegan Avocado Basil Pesto can be used as a dip or spread. Great with crackers or on a sandwich.
This recipe was originally published on April 18, 2015. I've added new photos, more text, and a video.
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Avocado Basil Pesto
- 3 cups fresh basil loosely packed
- 2 avocados (2 cups)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- Salt to taste
- Put all ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.