Five Minute Lemon & Basil Pesto

Once you see how vibrant, delicious and fresh this pesto is, you’ll never again buy it from the shops! My lemon and basil pesto is vegan, gluten-free, creamy, zesty, smells sensational…

It’s outright awesome.

Make this in just five minutes and use it for so many things; pasta, salads, on pizza or tart bases, on sandwiches, or whenever a recipe calls for pesto. You might want to double the recipe as I don’t think it will last long in your fridge!

I know mine doesn’t. 😋

Assorted ingredients in small dishes ready to be combined
The ingredients
Pesto ingredients in a food processor ready to be combined
Step 1: Add the ingredients to a food processor
Ingredients in a food processor that have combined to form a slightly chunky pesto
Step 1: Blend the ingredients until they’re well combined
Lemon and basil pesto oozing out of a small jar, with fresh basil behind
Five Minute Lemon and Basil Pesto
Lemon and basil pesto oozing out of a small jar with a serving spoon, surrounded by fresh basil and lemon
Five Minute Lemon and Basil Pesto

Serving Suggestion

Lemon and basil pesto pairs perfectly with:

Lemon and basil pesto oozing out of a small jar, with fresh basil behind

Five Minute Lemon & Basil Pesto

Course: Staples
Cuisine: Sauce
Keyword: Cold Food, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Pescatarian, Raw, Refined Sugar-Free, Sauce, Savoury, Soy-Free, Under 30 Minutes, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 100 mL (3.4 fl oz) (approximately)
Calories: 4 kcal
Author: Silvia Morris
It's vibrant, vegan, gluten-free, creamy, zesty, fuss-free and super-quick to make this five-minute lemon and basil pesto. It pairs perfectly with pasta, pizza, sandwiches, salads, crackers... just about anything really!


  • ¾ cup fresh basil leaves firmly packed, with stems
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove small, minced
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast optional
  • pinch salt generous
  • pinch cracked black pepper generous


  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until well combined, but not completely smooth (leave a few small chunks for some texture). You may need to scrape down the sides of the processor halfway through processing to ensure everything gets blended.

Recipe Notes

  • For a lower-fat version, substitute 2 Tbsp of the olive oil for 1 Tbsp water. Add a little extra water if it's too thick after processing.
  • You can find nutritional yeast at your local health food store.
  • Nutritional yeast is not the same as dry yeast used in baking.
  • You can make this recipe ahead of time. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Nutrition Facts
Five Minute Lemon & Basil Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 2mg 0%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Iron 0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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