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Jar of Vegan Pesto with a Spoon Inside and Lemons in the Background
Pistachio Pesto
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Throw it in pasta, toss it in a salad, smear it on a sandwich, and don't even bother trying to resist gobbling it straight from a spoon! This pistachio pesto packs a flavor punch from fresh basil, garlic and a touch of fresh lemon juice. The best part: it whips up in minutes!

Course: Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 143 kcal
Author: Alissa
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • cup shelled pistachios
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  1. Place the basil, pistachios, garlic, ¼ cup olive oil, lemon juice, zest, and salt into the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade.

  2. Blend until all ingredients are finely chopped, then drizzle in the remaining olive oil with the food processor running.

Nutrition Facts
Pistachio Pesto
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 136
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.1g23%
Saturated Fat 2.1g11%
Sodium 170mg7%
Potassium 84mg2%
Carbohydrates 2.2g1%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 0.5g1%
Protein 1.5g3%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.