Want to make the best vegan arugula pesto than you have to try this recipe.
You will be surprised by the combination of flavors and you are done in no time. Want to learn how you can make the best vegan arugula pesto? Let’s get started!
Arugula has many different or additional names and is popular in a lot of countries. It is lettuce or salad vegetable also known as:
- Eruca sativa
- Simple rocket
- Rocket salad
- Garden rocket
You can find it mostly in Mediterranean countries like Portugal, Spain, Morocco but also in the Middle East. It is an annual plant with a peppery flavor.
There are a lot of ways to use rocket lettuce. E.g. on top of beef carpaccio, in a lettuce salad like with mozzarella, tomato, and arugula or on a pizza once it is baked in the oven.
But you can also make this mean vegan arugula pesto to flavor up your pasta recipes or put it on a sandwich with cheese. There are many ways to add this pesto to your recipes.
Arugula pesto ingredients
Because this recipe is vegan it doesn’t contain any dairy and you only need the following ingredients:
- Pine nuts
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Olive oil
If you love a cheese kind of flavor you can add nutritional yeast that has a cheese-like taste to it. If you do not have nutritional yeast you can easily do without because this arugula pesto tastes amazing.
How to make arugula pesto
If you have looked at the basil pesto recipe you get an idea how to make arugula pesto. You can decide to make it in a kitchen machine or take a pestle and mortar.
The kitchen machine is the fastest way to make this arugula pesto. However, if you make it in a pestle and mortar it will get much more flavor.
You can toast the pine nuts for a couple of minutes. I know there is a debate whether or not this has added value.
But I like to think that toasted pine nuts add to the overall flavor of the pesto. So warm a small skillet and toast the pine nuts in a dry pan.
When you use the kitchen machine you add the pine nuts, garlic cloves, the arugula, salt and pepper to taste. Turn your kitchen machine to medium and let it run so your pesto is created.
Add between 2 to 4 tablespoons of good quality olive oil and let your kitchen machine run until all of the ingredients are properly minced. Et voila you are done!
Store arugula pesto
There are multiple ways to store your pesto so you always have fresh pesto. You can:
- Store it in the fridge if you plan on using it in a week. Make sure you cover the pesto with enough oil so that all of it is covered.
- You can also store it in the freezer. If you have an ice cube maker fill up the squares with the arugula pesto. That way you can use one or more cubes when you need it.
See how to make homemade pesto
In the video below you can see how you can make basil pesto which is very similar to this arugula pesto. Just omit the cheese:
Have fun with this the best vegan arugula pesto recipe!
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Try this arugula pesto. It is vegan and contains only 4 ingredients. A great condiment to use in your dinner recipes but also on bread or pizza.
- 75 gram arugula
- 25 gram pine nuts
- 2 garlic cloves
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 2-4 tbsp olive oil
- Toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet until the pine nuts are slightly brown
- Put the arugula, pine nuts and garlic in a kitchen machine
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Let the kitchen machine run for a minute
- Add 2 tbsp of olive oil and run again for a minute
- Add more olive oil if needed
Calories: 55; Fat: 5.7g; Carbs: 1g; Protein: 0.7g;