vegan oil free green pea walnut pesto

I love pesto, and grow lots of basil each year so I can make it ALL. THE. TIME. But typically pesto is full of oil, cheese, and pricey pine nuts. My Oil-Free Vegan Green Pea Walnut Pesto uses the power of peas to make this a protein star, while still including healthy fats from walnuts.

oil free vegan green pea walnut pesto
So rich and thick you could eat it with a spoon!

Green peas are an under-rated plant based protein source. They are also rich in fiber, anti-oxidants, and lots of vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A and K and iron.

Peas are also cheap, easy to find, and keep for a long time in the freezer!

oil free vegan green pea walnut pesto
Six simple ingredients make this delicious pesto!

Walnuts are rich in ALAs, the precursor to omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, walnuts are have the highest, ALA content of most common nuts! Getting enough omega-3s can be more challenging to get enough of on a plant-based or vegan diet, so walnuts are a great addition.

I make this vegan green pea walnut pesto all the time, especially in the spring. You can spread it on toast or crackers, dip carrots, cucumbers, or tortilla chips in it, or fold it into a steaming pot of pasta.

You might need to thin it out a little bit with water if you use it as a pasta sauce. I usually save a cup of pasta water before draining to thin my sauces.

I hope you love it as much as I do!

oil free vegan green pea pesto
vegan oil free green pea walnut pesto

The Best Green Pea Walnut Pesto, Oil-Free, Vegan

Rich green pea pesto with the healthy fats of walnuts, with no dairy or added oil. Simple, cheap, and delicious!
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 190 kcal


  • food processor


  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup shelled walnuts
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.
  • Add a couple tablespoons of water as needed to thin.


Each 1/2 cup serving contains 7.5g protein, 14g carbohydrate, 13g fat.  High in potassium, vitamins A, C and K, and a good source of calcium and iron.
Keyword oil free, pesto, plant based, vegan

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