Oil & Dairy-Free Basil Pesto [Immersion Blender]

A classic adaptation of the original to fit any and all diets.


  • 4 cups (115 g) packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ¼ cup (35 g) pine nuts, toasted
  • ¼ cup (35 g) sunflower seeds
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 cup (175 g) grape tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon salt, optional


  1. Place ingredients into an appropriately sized container in the order listed. Place the immersion blender on top of the ingredients, pressing down slightly.
  2. Start the blender on its lowest speed, then quickly increase to its highest speed. Move the immersion blender around, including up and down, to blend the ingredients for approximately 60 seconds or until desired consistency is achieved.