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50 Healthy Vegan Recipes with Pesto

50 delicious and healthy vegan recipes with pesto, including pasta, pizza, salad, soup, sandwiches, wraps, casseroles, bowls, bread and so much more! These unique pesto recipes will surely impress vegan, vegetarian and carnivore pesto lovers! Lots of gluten-free, kid-friendly and allergy-friendly options!

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Who doesn’t love pesto with pasta? But did you know you can use it for salads, pizza, soups, sandwiches, casseroles and so much more! Here are 50 mouthwatering healthy vegan recipes that use pesto in an unconditional way.

Is Pesto Vegan Friendly?

Traditional and store-bought pesto contains Parmesan cheese, which is not suitable for vegetarians. Good news is that you can make your own vegan pesto that taste just as good as the original with these 5 simple ingredients:

  • Fresh basil;
  • Macadamia nuts;
  • Garlic;
  • Nutritional yeast;
  • Olive oil.

The recipe comes together in a minute. All you need is to blend everything together adding a little water and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Make sure to check my vegan pesto recipe and you’ll never go back to the store-bought pesto! This pesto is hands down the best one I’ve ever tried.

Is Pesto Healthy?

Short answer: Yes, it is! All the ingredients used in vegan pesto are healthy and should be a part of a well-balanced diet. Long answer: I described the health benefits of pesto in detail in the above-mentioned vegetarian pesto recipe post.

You use any other leafy greens instead of basil to make your pesto extra nutritious and flavorful. Examples are wild garlic pesto and kale pesto that are both tasty and nutrient-dense.
Ingredients for vegan pesto in the food processor

What Goes Well with Pesto?

Pesto is perfect with pasta. But not only! Here are some of the ways you can use pesto to shake things up in the kitchen:

  • Pizza;
  • Salads;
  • Soups;
  • Casseroles;
  • Bowls;
  • Sandwiches;
  • Wraps;
  • Dips and spreads;
  • Bread.

Check the recipes below for ideas and don’t forget to share which ones you like the most!

Vegan Pesto Pasta Recipes


Vegan Pesto Pasta with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes by Happy Kitchen.Rocks

Creamy, delicious, healthy, satisfying vegan pesto pasta is the perfect marriage of comfort food and culinary art that comes together quickly and simply.

Vegan pesto pasta on a plate next to a bowl of pesto and a cloth napkin

Cheesy Pesto Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta Sauce by Rainbow Nourishments

Healthy yet creamy alfredo pasta sauce packed with vegetables and with a hint of pesto! It’s low-fat, nut-free, super easy to make and packed with protein (thanks to the cauliflower)!


Creamy Thai Pesto Linguine by Choosing Chia

Creamy Thai pesto linguine is the perfect Asian Italian fusion that comes together quickly and easily!

Thai linguine with basil pesto

Vegan Pizza Pasta Bake by Rainbow Nourishments

This vegan pizza pasta bake recipe is perfect for those who are craving a pizza night in but just don’t have the time to make their own dough. It’s easy, very family and kid friendly and so quick to make!


Creamy Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Burst Tomatoes by The Endless Meal

These Pesto Zucchini Noodles are covered in a delicious nut and dairy-free avocado pesto. It’s the perfect quick, easy and healthy weeknight meal.

Creamy Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodles

More Vegan Pesto Pasta Recipes:

Vegan Pesto Pizza Recipes

Vegan Naan Pizza with Pesto and Sweet Potato by Shivani Loves Food

This easy vegan naan pizza recipe is a definite weekday favourite! Topped with vegan pesto, sweet potato, dairy-free cheese, red onion, spinach and walnuts.


Vegan Pesto Pizza with Balsamic Glaze by This Savory Vegan

Step up Pizza Friday with this Vegan Pesto Pizza with Balsamic Glaze. It is fresh, green and simple. Perfect pizza for Spring.

Chickpea Crust Pizza With Walnut Pesto by Choosing Chia

This chickpea crust pizza with walnut pesto is a great healthy grain-free option to satisfy your pizza craving. It’s also gluten-free and vegan! 


More Vegan Pesto Pizza Recipes:

Vegan Pesto Salad Recipes

Oil-free Pesto Tomato Chickpea Salad by Vegan Yack Attack

Vegan, Oil-free Pesto Tomato Chickpea Salad, is a delicious, healthy way to use up Summer’s bounty of tomatoes and basil!

Vegan Chickpea Tomato Salad

Easy Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad by Thyme & Love

This Easy Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad with corn and green beans is perfect for BBQs and potlucks! 

Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad with corn and green bean

Festive Pesto Pasta Salad by Rainbow Nourishments

This festive vegan pesto pasta salad with avocado and pomegranate seeds is perfect for your holiday menu!

Festive pesto pasta salad vegan

More Vegan Pesto Salad Recipes:

Vegan Pesto Sandwich and Wrap Recipes

Vegan Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Carrots & Flowers

Mega-easy vegan pesto grilled cheese. 5 ingredients + BIG FLAVOR. Marinated tomatoes and balsamic glaze elevate this simple sandwich into a gourmet treat.

Vegan Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Summer Vegetable Sandwiches with Pesto by Kitchen Treaty

This grilled summer vegetable sandwich with pesto makes a perfect summer lunch! Zucchini, summer squash, and red bell pepper doused in balsamic-thyme marinade, grilled to perfection, and then piled onto pesto-smeared artisan rolls.

Grilled Summer Vegetable Sandwiches with Pesto

Collard Greens Pesto Chickpea Salad Sandwiches by Yup.. it’s vegan!

These pesto chickpea sandwiches are a flavor explosion! Smashed chickpeas with 5-ingredient collard greens pesto spread onto whole grain bread with sprouts, tomatoes, and onion.

Collard Greens Pesto Chickpea Salad Sandwiches Vegan

More Vegan Pesto Sandwich Recipes:

Vegan Pesto Dinner Recipes

Sweet Potato Beet Buddha Bowl with Pistachio Pesto by Plant Based Scotty

Health plus deliciousness equals this Sweet Potato Beet Buddha Bowl with Pistachio Pesto! Make eating enjoyable again by feeding your body the food it craves.

Sweet Potato Beet Buddha Bowl

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup by Yummy Mummy Kitchen

This Instant Pot Minestrone recipe is quick, easy, hearty, and delicious. Serve your minestrone soup with a chunk of crusty bread for a warming Italian vegetarian dinner. 

Instant Pot Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Pesto by The Organic Kitchen

These roasted potatoes with pesto make a simple side dish with a vegan, dairy free, Whole 30 option!

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Pesto

More Vegan Pesto Dinner Recipes:

Other Vegan Pesto Recipes

Roasted Beet Hummus with Basil Pesto by Downshiftology

Beet hummus is made with oven roasted beets, chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. It’s a vibrant and healthy snack or appetizer and I’ve topped mine with homemade basil pesto and parsley. So much flavor!

Beet hummus

Creamy Cauliflower Pesto Dip by Vegan Yack Attack

This Creamy Cauliflower Pesto Dip is oil-free, dairy-free, vegan and delicious! It makes for a great, healthy appetizer for parties, or just to snack on.

Creamy Cauliflower Pesto Dip

Vegan Tomato Tartlets with Spinach Pesto by Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen

Tomato Tartlets with Spinach Pesto are the perfect party treat. Your omnivore friends probably won’t even realize that they’re vegan!

Tomato Tartlets with Spinach Pesto

Which ones of these delicious vegan recipes with pesto did you like the most?

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Saturday 12th of November 2022

Vegetarians can eat dairy. So Parmesan is fine. Vegans are the ones who cant

Elena Szeliga

Sunday 13th of November 2022

Hi Amber, normal pesto contains Parmesan cheese, which is not suitable for vegetarians because it contains calf rennet.

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About Elena Szeliga


Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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