Vegan pesto

The inspiration for trying to make vegan pesto came from a craving for pesto, an absence of parmesan cheese in my fridge and the success of cheesy vegan kale chips.

Cashews are really versatile and incredibly useful in creating vegan versions of many vegetarian dishes which require cheese, including pesto, kale chips and cheesecake.

Cashews - a great way to make vegan dishes taste cheesy

Cashews – a great way to make vegan dishes taste cheesy

In making vegan pesto, roasted and salted cashews serve two purposes. Firstly, they are a substitute for parmesan cheese. Secondly, they help to make the pesto creamy.

Like all good pesto recipes, this one includes garlic and basil.

Garlic - a crucial ingredient in pesto

Garlic – a crucial ingredient in pesto

Basil from my garden

Basil from my garden

Ingredients: basil; cashews (roasted and salted); olive oil, garlic and salt.
Equipment: blender

Steps:
1. Place cashew nuts in blender and finely crush
2. Remove basil leaves from stems. Add basil and other ingredients to blender and process until desired texture is reached

Delicious vegan pesto

Delicious vegan pesto


Love pesto? Read about making Six Litres of Pesto.

Want more vegan dishes? See Kale Chips, Pumpkin Dahl and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.

 

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