15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try

By Sarah Cook | Last Updated: August 31, 2017

When it comes to gardening I have what most people would call a black thumb. It’s hard for me to keep anything alive, better yet growing at a pace to prepare a meal with. But for whatever reason my basil plant continues to thrive among the graveyard of dried up herbs and vegetables.

Because of that I’ve been lucky enough to make my fair share of basil pesto this year. As much as I love it,  it can be fun to change things up with different ingredients. With that in mind, I’ve rounded up 15 creative pesto recipes that show you how versatile it can be.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Hemp Seed Pesto

Protein-Packed Hemp Seed Pesto // Hemp seeds give this sauce a powerful punch of protein that’s sure to make for a satisfying meal.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Sunflower Seed Gouda Pesto

Sunflower Seed Gouda Pesto // Snixy Kitchen knocks it out of the park with a simple recipe using gouda cheese and toasted sunflower seeds.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Low Fat Cheesy Vegan Pesto

Low Fat Cheesy Vegan Pesto // Vegetable broth and nutritional yeast replace the oil and cheese in this delicious low-fat vegan recipe from Feasting on Fruit.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Nut-free Garlic Pesto

Nut-free & Vegan Wild Garlic Pesto // Those who are allergic to nuts will appreciate this allergy-friendly recipe from Elephantastic Vegan.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Low FODMAP Pesto

Low FODMAP Pesto // Made with chives instead of garlic, this sauce from A Saucy Kitchen is easy to digest and full of flavor.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Pea and Arugula Pesto

Pea and Arugula Pesto // When you’re craving pesto in spring, this version from Floating Kitchen made from peas, arugula and fresh mint is the perfect place to start.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: 4 Ways to Make Pesto Without Basil

4 Ways to Make Pesto Without Basil // Don’t have basil? No worries! Here are four creative ways to make pesto sans basil.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Mixed Green Almond and Pepita Pesto

Mixed Greens Almond and Pepita Pesto // Pumpkin seeds replace pine nuts in this vibrant recipe from Veggie Inspired.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Beet Green Walnut Pesto

No Garlic Beet Green Walnut Pesto // Looking for a way to use up beet greens? This recipe from Sugar Love Spices is the perfect solution.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Sundried Tomato Hazelnut Pesto

Sundried Tomato Hazelnut Pesto // Sugar Love Spices uses sundried tomatoes and hazelnuts for a tart dressing that packs in a ton of flavor.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Spinach-Basil Pesto Sauce

Spinach-Basil Pesto Sauce // Baby spinach and shredded potato are the secret ingredients to this creamy sauce sauce from Oat & Sesame.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Kale Garlic Scape Pesto

Kale Garlic Scape and Walnut Pesto // Garlic scapes and kale give this recipe from Yup, it’s Vegan a unique and flavorful flair.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Kale Pesto with Cashew Nuts

Vegan Kale Pesto with Cashew Nuts // Happy Kitchen. Rocks uses kale and cashews to give this sauce a creamy texture that’s packed full of nutrition.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Lemon Arugula Pesto

Lemon Zucchini Arugula Pesto // This veggie sauce pesto from Alison’s Allspice features spicy arugula, zucchini and tart lemon.

15 Creative Pesto Recipes You Need to Try: Roasted Garlic Pesto

Roasted Garlic Walnut Pesto // Roasted garlic gives this walnut recipe from Noming Thru Life a rich flavor that will instantly enhance any meal.

About Sarah Cook

Sarah Cook is a vegetarian food blogger living in Athens, Georgia. Her blog Making Thyme for Health features simple, seasonal, and healthy recipes made from whole food ingredients. Outside of cooking, she enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle, traveling and drinking wine.

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