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vegan pesto

Leafy Greens Vegan Pesto

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  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 1.5 cups 1x


Gluten Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free

A delicious pesto made with any of your favorite greens that is smooth and flavorful.  Not only is it vegan, but it is nut free too!  


  • 3 cups greens
  • 3/4 cup shelled hemp hearts
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Optional: 1 tsp spirulina


  1. Combine greens, lemon juice, garlic, salt, nutritional yeast, and olive oil together in a food processor and blend down, scraping edges as needed.
  2. Once that is fairly blended, start adding hemp hearts slowly, and blend until everything is well combined.
  3. Enjoy on top of pasta, chicken, or off the spoon! 🙂


You can use any leafy greens for this!  I have tried spinach and spring mix.

The spirulina is optional but depending on the greens you used it can help you get a better green color if that matters to you, and it also adds extra health benefits!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Dressings
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 tbsp