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Avocado Parsley Pesto Sauce Recipe (Vegan, Gluten & Dairy Free)

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This avocado parsley pesto sauce recipe is made in 5 minutes in the blender or food processor, and can be frozen for later. 

I love pesto on pretty much everything, and this easy avocado parsley pesto is quick to make in 5 minutes.  A big batch of this flavorful, creamy sauce sure goes a long way.  I mix it in with pasta and add a scoop to my risotto or toast for a tasty & herby burst of flavor.

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While basil and pine nuts are the traditional pesto ingredients, but this version features a new twist.  I put parsley in everything I can, its my favorite herb for sure!  Adding parsley AND basil to this pesto really kicks it up a notch.

This Vegan Avocado Parsley Pesto has a great texture and flavor combination.  The fresh herbs brighten the whole dish.  The avocado and olive oil give the pesto a silky texture.  And the lemon juice, fresh garlic, and red pepper flakes give this pesto a kick!

This Avocado Parsley Pesto Recipe Is:

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Herby
  • Loaded with Flavor
  • Versatile
  • Ready in 5 minutes
  • Requires no cooking!

What’s In This Avocado Parsley Pesto Recipe?

See the recipe card below for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions!

  • Avocado
  • Garlic: I use fresh garlic when I have it, and this great jarred organic garlic when I don’t have fresh. It’s actually super convenient to have pre-chopped garlic on hand for quick and easy meal prep.
  • Parsley
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Basil
  • Walnuts
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Red Chili Pepper Flakes: for a little heat! if you don’t like spice, you can absolutely skip them in this recipe.

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Make Avocado Parsley Pesto Vegan

This vegan avocado pesto with parsley is a simple way to get extra veggies in your diet. I’m all about making recipes plant-based when I can. Vegan cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right. By building meals around vegan pantry staples and swapping in a few plant-based ingredients you can make better meals for you and your family.

Browse all our vegan recipes. These easy and tasty recipes are fantastic meatless and dairy free meals for your table.

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Avocado Parsley Pesto

Kelly Jensen
This easy avocado parsley vegan pesto is made in 5 minutes in the blender or food processor, and can be frozen for later.  Dairy Free, No Salt, and 100% Plant-Based! A fantastic vegetarian sauce recipe everyone will love.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dip, Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 207 kcal


  • Food Processor


  • 1 avocado pitted and diced
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1 bunch parsley stems removed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts toasted
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 lemons juiced
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 cup water optional


  • Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth.
  • If pesto is too thick or gets stuck while blending, add the water 1/4 cup at a time until it loosens into a thinner consistency.
  • Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container (or freeze) until ready to use.  Should last about 4 days in the fridge.


Can You Freeze Pesto?

This pesto is awesome to freeze for later.  I love to double the recipe and have a few extra jars in the freezer for easy weeknight meals!  I stir the pesto into Pasta or into Risotto, its an awesome addition many savory dishes.


Calories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 3gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 198mgPotassium: 243mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 69IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
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