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August 1, 2017

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Easy Vegan Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

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You have to try this Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto! It's simple to make, delicious on top of pizza, pasta and zucchini noodles, and can even be served as a dip!

Sun Dried Pesto in a clear jar. It rests on a white counter.

I can't even explain how much I adore this pesto! It stemmed from my constant obsession with quinoa pizza crust, which seems to be taking over my summer meals, and I was in desperate need of changing things up. We love pesto pizza, but we were both getting a teeny bit bored with me making the same thing over and over again, so I decided to do a little switcharoo and make a new flavor of pesto using sun-dried tomatoes!

Just like traditional pesto, we're using basil as our base, but by adding in the sun-dried tomatoes, you get this wonderful flavor, surprising texture and it makes the BEST pizza base. You have to try it on my Summer Tomato & Zucchini Quinoa Pizza and you'll pick up what I'm throwing down. SO. DAMN. GOOD.

Sun dried tomatoes, basil, nutritional yeast, pine nuts in a food processor. They are the ingredients to make Sun Dried Tomato Pesto.

Blended ingredients for Sun Dried Tomato Pesto in a food processor.

If you've never made your own vegan pesto before, let me tell you, it's a cinch. You just toss everything into your food processor, blend it up and boom. Pesto is ready.

I think the big question you might be wondering though…doesn't pesto need cheese?

It sure doesn't!

You have to try this VEGAN Sun Dried Tomato Pesto!! It's AMAZING on top of pizza, with zucchini noodles or can even be served as a dip!

To replace the cheese, we're using nutritional yeast, which gives it that intense cheesy flavor but still keeps it dairy-free and vegan. If you aren't familiar with nutritional yeast, it's incredible (especially if you don't eat dairy). I use it as a parmesan replacement in every single recipe and it works wonders.

But even better? It's actually good for you!

Nutritional yeast is packed with plant-based protein (1 tablespoon as 4g of protein!), but it's also usually fortified with vitamin B12, B6, Niacin, and Zinc. And did I mention it tastes like cheese? LOVE ????

A spoon rests on a jar of Sun Dried Tomato Pesto. The jar is resting a white counter.

I've used this pesto on pretty much everything and it's delicious. It goes really well with quinoa pizza like I mentioned, but it's also delicious with pasta and veggies, it can be used as a spread for sandwiches or toast, and it's also delicious with crackers as a dip.

So basically, if you're a pesto lover and feel like you want to change things up a bit, this vegan sun dried tomato pesto is a MUST!

A scoop of Sun Dried Tomato Pesto on a wood spoon.

And if you're looking for even more pesto recipes, try my Everyday Vegan Pesto or my Raw Avocado Pesto. They're both on the more traditional side, but equally as delicious.

Can't wait to see your pictures of this recipe! Make sure to tag me on Instagram using @simplyquinoa or #simplyquinoa ???? this helps me quickly and easily find your photo and give you a little love in return!

Watch how to make this Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto:

Easy Vegan Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

This fun twist on classic pesto is vegan and gluten-free. Use this sun-dried tomato pesto on your favorite pasta, pizzas or as a healthy dip for crackers!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 154kcal
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You have to try this VEGAN Sun Dried Tomato Pesto!! It's AMAZING on top of pizza, with zucchini noodles or can even be served as a dip!
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  • 3 cups basil packed
  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 - 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons water


  • Add everything into a food processor (aside from the oil and water). Process until combined.
  • Remove the lid and scrape down the sides with a spatula.
  • Place the lid back on and with the food processor running, drizzle in the olive oil. Then drizzle in the water, starting with 2 tablespoons and adding more if you need it. Scrape down the sides a few times and process again until smooth.
  • Transfer to a glass container and store in the fridge for up 5 days or the freezer for up to 6 months.



Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 120mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g



You have to try this VEGAN SUN DRIED Tomato Pesto! It's simple to make, delicious on pizza, pasta and zucchini noodles, and can even be served as a dip!

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  1. I left our as mych oil as possible. I roasted tomatoes in the oven with a it of oil and garlic since I had very little sundried tomatoes to work with nor lemon juice nor fresh basil. Lol I was determined to say the least. It’s fantastic! Raw cashews also work. Spreading this on naan bread and toasting in the oven. Can’t wait


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  3. What is the serving size?
    Interesting concept but sundried tomatoes do have a ton of fat and combined with the olive oil…
    I’ll have to check this out.


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