Vegan Avocado Arugula Pesto

vegan arugula avocado pesto pasta in a white bowl surrounded by sliced avocado, garlic, arugula and walnuts.

5 from 2 reviews

Flavorful, creamy avocado arugula pesto with walnuts and garlic is completely plant-based and loaded with healthy fats. It is delicious as a spread, sauce, or dip! (vegan, gluten-free)


  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp walnuts
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 1 cup baby arugula, loosely packed
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • water or olive oil, as needed (1-3 tbsp)


  1. Add avocado, lemon juice, garlic, walnuts, basil, arugula, salt and pepper to a food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth. Add water or olive oil as needed, one tablespoon at a time to reach your desired consistency.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


  • Because this pesto contains avocado, it is best served right away. It can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days in an airtight container, but the flavor and color will not be as vibrant.

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