Easy Pea and Avocado Pesto

Easy Pea and Avocado Pesto

I know I have been astoundingly bad at creating seasonal recipes and content in general, but I promise I will try my best to post something that is more in synch with the festive mood going around the Internet over the next couple of weeks. However, in my humble opinion this could count as a Christmas recipe? I mean, not only does its colour resemble a Christmas tree, but pasta could potentially make a delicious, even if somewhat unorthodox side dish for your holiday table.

During the winter months, I adore eating pasta whenever the chance arises. It’s very easy to make, super comforting and versatile. Definitely perfect for someone like myself, who struggles with dark evenings and cold weather (I know, I am probably the least stereotypical Russian you will ever meet). However, that is not to say that this pesto does not have a variety of other uses. It can be eaten on toast with some fresh tomatoes and dried herbs, stirred into salads, used as a dip for fries. I like to store a batch in the fridge for a couple of days and bring it out whenever I feel like adding a nice finishing touch to any of my meals.


Vegan pesto recipe

As is often the case with ‘healthier’ recipes, this does not taste exactly like your conventional store-brought pesto. But it has many of its own merits: it is super refreshing, has a beautiful vibrant colour and makes you feel energised as opposed to sluggish (which is often how I feel after eating a meal heavy in oil and/or salt). Moreover, the method could not be easier, and you can adjust many of the amounts based on your personal preferences (e.g., adding more or less seasoning). And as always, I am not saying that ‘healthy’ has an objective definition, because it means different things to different people, but I am simply going with the conventional wisdom of that homemade foods typically carry more nutritional benefits than pre-prepared versions you find in supermarkets.

Vegan pesto recipe

Let me know in the comments if you manage to try this out, and feel free to leave suggestions for any dishes you would like to see on this blog in these last few weeks before Christmas (I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by!) as I am always looking for new ideas and inspiration.

Easy Vegan Pea and Avocado Pesto

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh and light pesto, perfect as a dip or as a sauce. Vegan and full of delicious natural flavours.

Vegan pesto recipe

Credit:Β whatismaria.com


  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup green peas
  • a small handful fresh basil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 4 tbsp vegan parmesan cheese (or to taste)
  • To serve (suggestion):

  • 1 cup dry pasta of choice
  • fresh tomatoes
  • flaked almonds


  1. Cook pasta according to instructions on packet
  2. Meanwhile, to make the pesto, simply add all the ingredients into a blender/food processor and blend until a smooth mixture is formed (or keep it chunky if you prefer).
  3. Serve with fresh tomatoes, flaked almonds and more grated vegan cheese

Vegan pesto pinterest

Lots of love, MariaΒ β™‘

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  1. RevolutionaryRoads December 14, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    This looks super yummy!!! 😊 sometimes I really run out of ideas so this is so helpful πŸ’‹

    • whatismaria December 14, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Omg thank you! So glad it could be helpful:) hope you like it if you give it a go x

  2. SimpleSerenity December 14, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Photos as always on point. I love pesto, I can’t wait to try this version, it sounds incredibly delicious. Lovely post. xx

    • whatismaria December 14, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Omg you are too kind! Pesto really is one of my favourite foods and this one was suuper yummy:) <3

  3. questionsfromateenager December 14, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    I read “avocado”, I click! Great post, it got me in the mood for pesto😊

    • whatismaria December 14, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Haha avocado is quite click baity indeed πŸ˜† So glad you like it!

  4. Sabreendiaries December 14, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Looks super delicious… πŸ˜‹love the beautiful bright color!

    • whatismaria December 14, 2017 / 10:28 pm

      Thank youu so much!! Green is one of my favourite colours for sure xo

    • whatismaria December 15, 2017 / 6:37 am

      Ahh you are always welcome!! That’s so kind of you Xx

  5. rafstheticallypleasing December 14, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    Hello Maria, I’m Raffi and have just come across your blog – and LOVE it here! Your pictures and posts are stunning, I have given you a lil’ follow… hoping you can do the same for me πŸ™‚
    ~Raffi xx

    • whatismaria December 15, 2017 / 6:36 am

      Hi raffi, thank you for your comment and for the follow πŸ™‚ have now followed you back

  6. Sarah December 14, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    This looks bloody delicious πŸ™‚

  7. jyo December 15, 2017 / 5:44 am

    Love adding of green peas…I ll try this sometime ✌✌

    • whatismaria December 15, 2017 / 6:34 am

      The green peas were the yummiest part!! You should give it a go for sure 😊

  8. Sudhir Chauhan December 15, 2017 / 7:37 am

    healthy and yummy….. thanks for sharing…….

  9. petiteelliee December 15, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    This looks so tasty! Really want to recreate it myself


    Ellie xx

    • whatismaria December 15, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you Ellie! You should try it out for sure πŸ™‚ Xx

    • whatismaria December 15, 2017 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you! Hope you like it if you do πŸ™‚ <3

  10. hudapervez December 15, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Pasta is one of my favorite foods to have all around the year but surprisingly I’ve actually only once had pesto pasta! This looks very delicious and I love that it’s healthy aswell! 😍😍

    • whatismaria December 15, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      So glad you can relate to my infinite love for pasta! You should definitely make yourself some with pesto again because it’s such a great combo:) thank you for your lovely comment! Xx

  11. Joy The Witch December 15, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Your recipes look always so tasty and good!! I love pasta and pesto!

    • whatismaria December 15, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      Ahh you are too kind! Pasta and pesto always taste amazing together Xx

  12. hell0chloe December 15, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    This looks so good 😍😍 oh my !!

  13. ughmango December 15, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Ohmygod this sounds so delicious that it makes me hungry!! I love love love everything that includes avocado so I definitely need to try this out 😍 xx

    • whatismaria December 15, 2017 / 6:06 pm

      Yaay I am happy to hear that! You should definitely give it a go:) and I can definitely relate to being an avo lover myself! Xx

  14. Beyoutiful December 15, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Love your pics and looks good! Thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

    • whatismaria December 17, 2017 / 7:17 am

      Thank you! Hope you like it if you do πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™

  15. Lina December 16, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Ohhhhhh! This looks amazing! I love pasta and I love avocado too! This is like the best combo. Thank you for this recipe! xx

    • whatismaria December 17, 2017 / 7:18 am

      Thank you so much! Pasta and avo is the yummiest combo 😊❀️

  16. crystalsandcurls December 16, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    This looks super yummy! I LIVE for pasta – and pesto is delish so a healthier version of it is always a yes x

    • whatismaria December 17, 2017 / 7:19 am

      Thank you lovely!! So glad you can relate to my infinite love for this combination hahah. Xx

  17. Elizabeth December 16, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    This sounds so lovely and so healthy too! I definitely want to try making πŸ˜€ thanks so much for the recipe!! xx

    elizabeth β™‘ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

    • whatismaria December 17, 2017 / 7:19 am

      Aww thank you Elizabeth πŸ™‚ you should definitely try making it! It’s super yum. Xx

  18. The Style of Laura Jane December 16, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Sometimes you just can’t beat a good bowl of pasta. This looks absolutely delicious and perfect food to eat during this season. Your photography skills are incredible and I love that I follow a vegan cook who is so good at creating recipes. It just inspires me to keep pushing in my own plant-based diet. xx

    • whatismaria December 17, 2017 / 7:21 am

      Ahh this made me so happy as I am always looking to inspire people to try new things in their diet! I’m so glad you like it, and I couldn’t agree more that a big bowl of pasta is always a great idea πŸ™‚ Xx

  19. infinitelyadaydreamer December 20, 2017 / 9:23 am

    This looks delicious Maria! I’m vegetarian at the moment, leaning towards vegan and delicious recipes like these are great reminders of what I need to do. Hugs xx

    • whatismaria December 21, 2017 / 7:07 am

      Ahh thank you! I am so happy that you are trying out veganism and that my recipe could be helpful ☺️❀️

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  21. fleurdelailis January 5, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    YUM!! Will 100% try this. Sounds and looks so yummy x

    • whatismaria January 5, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      Thank you!! I am so glad to hear that πŸ™‚ xox

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