Tired of using the same herbs and spices for every dish? Add some variety with this Dairy-Free Pesto.

Dairy-Free Pesto

Aicacia Young, RD, LD

Makes about 1 cup


  • 2 cups of basil, stems removed, tightly packed (add cilantro, mint, or parsley if desired)
  • 1/2 cup raw pine nuts, pecans, or walnuts
  • 3 medium cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Sea salt, to taste


Place basil, nuts, and garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground. If you do not have a food processor, you can mince garlic, nuts, and basil by hand. If you are using a food processor, slowly drizzle the olive oil and lemon juice over the mixture with intermittent pulses. Process the mixture until it resembles a smooth paste, and add enough olive oil to make it spreadable.  Add sea salt to taste. Store in the refrigerator in a small glass jar or glass bowl.

If you are not using a food processor, press your finely ground ingredients into a cake-like circle. Place in a small jar or bowl and pour olive oil and lemon juice over the mixture. Add sea salt to taste, and store in the refrigerator. When ready to enjoy, simply stir in the olive oil and dive in!

This recipe is approved on The Myers Way®.