Vegan Artichoke and Walnut Pesto Recipe

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  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

Have fun with vegan pesto by going beyond just basil with this vegan artichoke pesto recipe with walnuts. Though a traditional pesto recipe always uses pine nuts, I personally enjoy trying different kinds of nuts in pesto, particularly vegan pestos, in order to vary the flavor. And walnuts are the perfect match to the artichokes, which add a unique Italian flavor to this easy vegan pesto recipe.

You could always make this recipe more traditional (but not vegan) by adding some Parmesan cheese and omitting the nutritional yeast.

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup walnuts or pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts, drained
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • One bunch fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth, adding more olive oil if needed. You can also add more olive oil for a creamier sauce-like consistency.
  2. Serve over pasta or with crackers for an appetizer.

More Vegan Pesto Recipes

Easy Arugula Pesto with Lemon
Fresh Herb Vegan Pesto
Classic Easy Vegan Pesto Recipe
Roasted Red Pepper Vegan Pesto
Easy Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 177
Total Fat 13 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 84 mg
Carbohydrates 15 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 4 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)