Arugula Pesto Recipe – Healthy and Dairy Free

This arugula pesto is a favourite of mine and it is great to be able to use walnuts instead of the wonderful pine nuts with are so expensive. Usually, cheese is an ingredient when making a  pesto recipe but there is no cheese in this and it still has a cheesy flavour thanks to the Nutritional Yeast used.

Arugula Pesto

Ingredients:

2 cups arugula
2/3 cup walnuts + 1 Tbsp
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Himalayan Salt
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

Directions:

  1. Blend all the above ingredients in a blender except nutritional yeast and 1 Tbsp walnuts until smooth and creamy.
  2. Scoop into a bowl and mix in yeast and walnuts.
  3. Use as a dip or pour on top of steamed vegetables or raw zucchini noodles.

Note:  Arugula has many health and detox benefits. Because of this I often use it in my weight loss and detox classes.

More pesto recipes: 

 Delicious Vegan Pesto – I love this vegan pesto without the cheese; it tastes like the real thing only better to me! Toss with pasta or serve with bread or crackers for an appetizer.

 Chickweed Pesto – This chickweed pesto is vegan, is easy to make and tastes great! What is particularly great about this is that it is made with free weeds. 🙂

 Vegan Hemp Heart Pesto is Nut Free and Delicious – This hemp heart pesto is vegan, nut-free and raw. It makes lunch or dinner extra delicious. Most pestos have cheese in them which doesn’t work for those of us who eat dairy-free.  I always make my pestos without the cheese. For some, it is best not to eat lots of nuts and this hemp heart pesto is perfect as the hemp hearts add the flavour and texture without the nuts.

Zucchini Pesto – This zucchini pesto is lighter than the regular pesto as it has less oil and adds a refreshing zest of zucchini to your pasta. Also, I prefer not to use cheese and the nutritional yeast gives it a delicious flavour.

 Arugula Pesto Recipe – This arugula pesto is a favourite of mine and it is great to be able to use walnuts instead of the wonderful pine nuts with are so expensive. Usually, cheese is an ingredient when making a  pesto recipe but there is no cheese in this and it still has a cheesy flavour thanks to the Nutritional Yeast used.

Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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