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Arugula Pesto recipe

Arugula Pesto

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 I use.
Course Sauce
Cuisine gluten-free, Italian, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword arugula, lemon, nutritional yeast, olive oil, pesto, Vegan, walnut
Author Diana Herrington


  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2/3 cup + 1 Tbsp walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast


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


Find out more about the healthy ingredients that I use for this recipe: arugula, walnuts, lemon juice, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Himalayan Salt, nutritional yeast
Note:  Arugula has many health and detox benefits. Because of this I often use it in my weight loss and detox classes.