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vegan pesto pasta salad

Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad

This pesto pesto salad is full of flavor and very simple and easy to make. This pasta salad can be enjoyed hot or cold and stores well as leftovers.

Course Main Course
Keyword easy vegan dinner recipe, healthy pasta recipe, vegan pesto pasta salad
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Taavi Moore


Vegan Pesto

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 cups fresh basil, packed
  • Juice from 1 medium lemon
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Pasta Salad

  • 8 oz. farfalle
  • ½ cup Vegan Pesto
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, toast walnuts until fragrant and light golden brown. 

  2. Add toasted walnuts to a food processor along with fresh basil, lemon juice and zest, nutritional yeast, garlic, and salt. Blitz until a coarse paste forms. Turn on the low setting on the food processor and slowly pour in the olive oil. Process until the pesto is smooth and oil is incorporated. 

  3. Transfer pesto to an airtight jar and store in the fridge. 

  4. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Reserve ¼ cup pasta water. Drain and add back to the cooking pot. For every 8 oz. pasta add ½ cup pesto and 2-3 tbsp of pasta water to break up the pesto into the sauce. Add more pesto as desired. Stir in cherry tomatoes. 

  5. Serve pesto with freshly cracked black pepper. 

Recipe Notes


Store leftover pesto in an airtight jar, such as a mason jar. Store in the fridge for up to a week. Alternatively, you can freeze leftover pesto for up to 6 months.


Store leftover pasta salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.