This Dairy Free Garlic Basil Pesto Will Rock Your World

Garlic Basil Vegan Pesto

I remember the very first time I tried pesto. I was in grade 7, and my foster mom gave me a bagel with pesto cream cheese. I was in heaven, pesto was my favourite sauce, I couldn’t get enough! She would make me these delicious bagels on the regular, super yummy.

Now due to my sensitivities the days of gluten filled breads and unhealthy cheeses are long gone, but love for pesto is here to stay. Finding a store-bought pesto without the added dairy is usually quite tricky. Fortunately, making it is so easy.

  • 2 cups soaked and rinsed pistachios
  • 2 cups of fresh and rinsed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup cold pressed, extra virgin organic olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
  • 1 small slove of garlic


Soak the pistachios for at least an hour and then put all ingredients into the Vitamix on low to medium and blend until you reach a thick, dark green pesto. This mixture was thick and delicious. If you’d like it a bit more runny you can add a bit more olive oil. We put this pesto on our Heirloom lasagna. What are some other raw meal ideas you would recommend for this pesto?

Garlic Basil Raw Vegan Pesto


Sheleana Aiyana

Sheleana is passionate about getting back to nature through real food and empowering women to walk the feminine path of self-care and deep self-awareness. She's a birth doula in Vancouver, BC She's an avid reader, intuitive culinary goddess and cat lady in the making.