Homemade paleo basil pesto (dairy-free)

Dairy-Free & Paleo Basil Pesto Recipe

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Italian


This deliciouos homemade paleo pesto is a dairy-free version of the Italian classic. It’s a versatile condiment that can be used as a spread, topping, drizzle, dressing or sauce.



  • 1 large bunch of basil, leaves only (about 23 cups)
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts (toasted)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes (optional)


  1. Preheat a frying pan until hot and cook the pine nuts for 1-2 minutes until browned slightly, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Place all ingredients in a blender or a food processor and puree until smooth and well combined.


You can use the same recipe with other herbs or a combination of herbs such as parsley, rocket, wild mustard, carrot tops, coriander, mint and dill.

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap