Easy Vegan Holiday Season: Day 11

By Raven Steepe

This holiday season, why not spice things up with a good ol’ summer food? Pesto is delicious and doesn’t need to be plagued by dairy! It can easily be made from raw, fresh ingredients. This pesto recipe makes a great salad dressing, bread or veggie dip. I modified my original recipe to make it vegan, as it originally called for parmesan cheese.

A little seasonal tip: for the holidays, try serving this with our gluten-free stuffing!

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  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup pine nuts (almonds or walnuts may be substituted)
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


1) Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor. That’s it!

The pesto should not be completely smooth and should have texture. Tada. Enjoy!