Vegan Pistachio Pesto

If you follow my Instagram account (@wellbymel_), you know that I LOVE Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. It is gluten free, dairy free, and only made with 5 ingredients- cauliflower, cassava flour, potato starch, olive oil, and salt! And it tastes great- it tastes like actual gnocchi! This is one of my go- to easy dinners because it is frozen and so easy to make! All you need to do is cook it on a skillet for a few minutes until fully thawed and crispy and then top with the sauce of your choice. Note: do not follow the package instructions to cook the gnocchi or else they will turn out mushy.

Today, I chose a pistachio pesto sauce. I have had a bag of pistachios in my pantry for a few months and wasn’t sure what to do with them. I’m trying to be more conscious of food waste so I decided to re-purpose them to make pesto. It was super yummy and really easy! This pesto is dairy free and uses nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. See full recipe below!


Ingredients in Pistachio Pesto:

  • 1/4 cup raw pistachios
  • 1 cup firmly packed basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Pistachio Pesto:

Blend all ingredients in a food processor, continually scooping down the sides throughout the blending process.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, please comment and let me know if you give it a try! Or tag me if you make them on instagram @wellbymel_!

If you’re looking for more vegan pesto recipes, also checkout my Creamy Avocado Pesto Sauce.

Pistachio Pesto

This Pistachio Pesto is gluten free, vegan, paleo, and whole30!
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 servings


  • Food Processor


  • 1/4 cup Raw Pistachios
  • 1 cup Firmly Packed Basil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Filtered Water
  • Salt, Pepper


  • Blend all ingredients in a food processor, continually scooping down the sides throughout the blending process.
Keyword Gluten Free, Paleo, Pesto, Pistachio Pesto, Vegan, Whole30

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Hi, I’m Mel! I’m so excited to have you visit my page! I am a Masters candidate at Columbia University, studying Nutrition Education. Following the program, I will pursue RD accreditation. I love all things health and wellness and am a firm believer in eating real food. I am here to share easy, healthy, and delicious recipes! There is a common misconception that eating healthy is bland and unappetizing, but it doesn’t have to be! I truly believe that eating healthy can be fun and delicious and I hope that my recipes show you how. I also share tips on nontoxic living. I hope you follow along 😊

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