Powerhouse spinach mixed with buttery smooth pine nuts and creamy tahini combine to make this flavorful vegan spinach pesto. An easy way to get greens in!
As a mom of three little guys, it's always a plus when I have a quick and easy meal in my back pocket. But including a powerful health punch in everything I feed them at home is super important because I like to let go of the stress when we are out. Pesto is always a winner in our house.
It's easy to make (thank god for my Vitamix!) and my kids love it. And can we please talk about the loads of healthy goodness packed into that stuff?! I mean, if it were real estate we'd call it New York City with how much green per cubic inch we can get! This vegan spinach pesto in particular screams green, just look at these pics!
Vegan Spinach Pesto Ready In Minutes!
Other than roasting the garlic, this vegan spinach pesto literally takes me 5 minutes to make. Boil some pasta and a quick, easy and healthy dinner is ready to go! I like to keep roasted garlic in my fridge, so for me it's a fast grab and blend dinner. My absolute favorite kind! It does not get better than that for this mom.
Now I know you are going to want to try this. So give it a whirl...in your blender, ha!...and let me know what you think! I love hearing your comments on all I create! You can leave a comment here, find me on Facebook or tag me on Instagram at veggiesdontbite #veggiesdontbite so I don’t miss it!
Spinach Tahini Pesto
- 5 cups spinach
- 1 cup basil
- ½ cup pine nuts
- ½ cup tahini
- 8 medium sized cloves garlic roasted
- ½ cup veggie broth (non tomato based) , low sodium if needed
- Himalayan pink salt to taste will depend on how much salt is in your veggie broth, I used 1 teaspoon
- If you haven’t roasted the garlic, peel and mix with a splash of veggie broth. Wrap in tin foil, and/or parchment and roast at 400°F (200°C) in a regular or toaster oven, about 20-25 minutes, until garlic just starts browning.
- Wash spinach and basil and place in a blender.
- Add the garlic, once it is done, and the rest of the ingredients into the blender and pulse until combined. If you want to smooth, blend well. For a chunkier pesto continue to pulse until you reach desired consistency.
- I measure my greens packed in. Use less or more broth to get the consistency you prefer. If you aren’t a garlic lover as we are, you can reduce the garlic, but remember it is roasted so the flavor is not as strong.
- Tips to prep ahead: Roast garlic and wash spinach and basil.
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Nutrition and metric information should be considered an estimate.
What would be the best substitute for tahini when dealing with a sesame allergy? Also allergic to peanuts and dairy.
Hi Rachel! Any nut would do here. I used tahini to mix it up, but I often use pine nuts or walnuts in my pestos!
The combinations you use are really awesome. I like these a lot
Glad you like them!
I was wondering, can I leave out the pine nuts and replace it with more tahini? My daughter has a nut allergy
Hi Karen! Yes, you can definitely take out the pine nuts. I would add the tahini slowly until you get the flavor you like. You can also add pumpkin seeds as well!
I eat this pesto by the spoonful! I'm a huge fan, and I love being able to use up tahini that I bought to make hummus.
Ha!! Glad it's not just me with the spoon. Lol. Yes, I love being able to repurpose things! Thanks so much for letting me know!
Am I wrong reading this article? I'm not vegetarian 🙁
You absolutely do not have to be vegetarian or vegan to be here or try my recipes. I simply create delicious food that happens to be vegan, and I have many many friends and readers that make my food and are not vegetarian or vegan. Welcome!
This just might be the most beautiful pesto I've ever seen! And more tahini?!?! I love it. Not sure if I can get Willow on board with this, but if not, that just means more for me! I'm thinking this might be for our next pasta night!
More tahini! I don't have a problem, I can quit any time. Who am I kidding? Not I can't!! You'll love this. My boys love it so give it a try with her and see! Let me know if you try it!
I love this recipe!!! Love every ingredient, the color and the fact that it's so easy to make! You have a wonderful blog!
Awe, thanks SO much Ana! Comments like that make my day! So happy you love the fudge. It's a new favorite! Thanks so much for being here!
The Vegan 8
I love, love this gorgeous color!! It looks so thick and creamy and I love every single ingredient! Healthy and delicious! I would love this so much slathered on a pile of pasta and maybe some garlic bread to go with it...damn that sounds good right now!! Gorgeous!
Ok, now you are making me hungry!! LOL! Thank you so much! The color turned out amazing. Just shows how much goodness is packed in. Wait until you see the recipe I use it in! You'll love it!
Izzy @ She Likes Food
Putting tahini in pesto is one of the best ideas I've seen! I always have a big tub of tahini in the fridge and love putting a drizzle of it on pretty much everything I make. I will definitely be adding some into my next batch of pesto 🙂
You'll love it Izzy! It gives it a great taste. I love it on so much, especially in my BBQ Tahini Sauce on my blog. Let me know how you like it in pesto!
Nichole Kraft, Food Writing Copyeditor
I'll have to steal your trick of pre-roasting garlic and storing it in the fridge! And I love that spoon in your photo! What does it say?
It's so good! Of course fresh is amazing, but being a mom of 3 I have to have some easy tricks. I use it a lot so I love having it ready to go! I love my spoon! I have a fork and another spoon too. I got them custom made for my blog work. This one says "Where taste and health become one." I got them at For Such A Time Design!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
You just created my newest favorite condiment 😉 DELICIOUS!!!
LOL! Thanks so much! It's super easy to make too! Let me know if you give it a try!