Dairy-Free Lemon Basil Pesto

Dairy-Free Lemon Basil Pesto

There is nothing like a homemade pesto sauce. It is full of flavor and extremely versatile, but unfortunately, traditional pesto packs quite a bit of fat. In fact, most store bought varieties can contain up to 7g of fat in just 1 Tablespoon. I don’t know about you, but when I am craving pesto, I want to use more than one measly tablespoon of the stuff, so I set out to create a version that would allow me to do so without the dairy and half the fat. Challenging? Slightly, but I am pretty satisfied with the end result. For dinner last night, I paired it with zucchini noodle pasta with artichoke hearts, and it was yummy enough that I had it again for lunch today.

Zucchini Noodle Pasta with Artichokes and Lemon Basil Pesto

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This pesto is super simple and quick. It saves well in the fridge for up to 4 days so save any excess in a seal top jar.

Dairy-Free Lemon Basil Pesto
Recipe type: Sauce
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A dairy free & nut free pesto with half the fat and calories of traditional pesto.
  • 4 oz jumbo pack of basil; rinsed and dried
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. Nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil

  1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients except olive oil and blend until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Add in olive oil and continue mixing until all ingredients are well mixed.

Creates about 1 cup of pesto




2 comments on Dairy-Free Lemon Basil Pesto

  1. santiags mexicana
    November 20, 2013 at 12:32 am (4 years ago)

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    • Danielle
      November 20, 2013 at 5:13 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you for the kind words sanitags!


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