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Balsamic Pesto Sauce (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

This balsamic pesto sauce recipe is a bright and fresh sauce made with basil, garlic, greens, and balsamic vinegar!  This pesto with balsamic vinegar is great to toss with fresh pasta, top on garlic bread, or just stir into a soup or risotto.
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This balsamic pesto sauce has been a staple on our table this spring! We built an indoor green house and are growing loads of fresh greens like basil and kale, which are perfect in this vegan pesto sauce recipe.  The basil does particularly well growing in our countertop Aerogarden as well!   Traditionally lemon juice is added to pesto, but I decided to try adding the acidity from balsamic vinegar and it did not disappoint. The result? A sweet tangy pesto sauce that is vegan, dairy free, and great to add to many dishes.  Spoon it on!

This Balsamic Pesto Sauce Recipe Is:

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Herby
  • Sweet
  • Garlicky
  • Satisfying
  • Vegan, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free

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A No-Cook Blender Pesto Recipe That’s Perfect for Summer

This no-cook pesto with balsamic vinegar is a quick and simple recipe.  I love a good no-cook recipe for those days when I’m not feeling like standing around the stove, or for summer nights when it’s too hot to cook. I have a whole collection of recipes that require zero cooking at all, check them out here!  This sauce comes together in about 5 minutes, and only requires a blender or food processor to make. Just use a few pantry staple ingredients and you have a healthy meal ready in no time.  And very little to clean up afterwards… an added bonus!

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What’s In This Pesto with Balsamic Vinegar?

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Easily Grow Fresh Basil on Your Counter All Year Long

We got this great 6-Pod Aerogarden which is fantastic for growing herbs in the winter.  We actually bought it when we lived in a smaller apartment, but even now that we own an acreage we still use it year-round!  I love growing herbs on my countertop like fresh basil, dill, mint, sage, thyme, parsley, and lemon balm. It uses LED lights and water, so no messy soil needed – you can have fresh herbs at your fingertips any time. I love picking a few springs of parsley to chop on pastas, adding basil leaves to soups, and tossing some dill in with my pasta salads. This Aerogarden is a great gift for anyone who would like fresh herbs… no big kitchen or green thumb required!

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How Do I Make This Pesto with Balsamic Vinegar?

  1. In a food processor or blender, add all ingredients and pulse on low to combine pesto until it forms a thick paste. If the pesto becomes too thick, add an additional tablespoon more olive oil to loosen it up. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt if needed.
  2. Enjoy pesto tossed into pasta, on pizzas, or spread thick on garlic bread!

Dietary Modifications

  • This recipe is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free!
  • To make this pesto nut free, substitute out the walnuts for pumpkin seeds.
  • To make this recipe oil free, you can use water in place of the oil… however, it will have a different texture.

Serve this Balsamic Pesto Sauce With:

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Balsamic Pesto Sauce (Vegan, GF)

Kelly Jensen
This balsamic pesto sauce recipe is a bright and fresh sauce made with basil, garlic, greens, and balsamic vinegar!  This pesto with balsamic vinegar is great to toss with fresh pasta, top on garlic bread, or just stir into a soup or risotto.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian, Vegan
Servings 8 servings

Equipment

  • Blender or Food Processor

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup chopped basil
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor or blender, add all ingredients and pulse on low to combine pesto until it forms a thick paste. If the pesto becomes too thick, add a tablespoon more olive oil to loosen it up. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt if needed.
  • Enjoy pesto tossed into pasta, on pizzas, or spread thick on garlic bread!

Notes

Dietary Modifications
This recipe is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free!
To make this pesto nut free, substitute out the walnuts for pumpkin seeds.
To make this recipe oil free, you can use water in place of the oil... however, it will have a different texture.
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