Creamy Smoked Almond Vegan Pesto Dip


This recipe for almond vegan pesto dip is a “15 minutes or less” entry in the Fast & Fresh Dairy-Free Time Trials Recipe Contest, submitted by reader Erin Powell. For that creamy touch, she uses dairy-free Greek-Style Coconut Milk Yogurt from So Delicious.

Creamy Smoked Almond Vegan Pesto DipFast and Fresh Dairy Free Time Trials Recipe Contest Smoked almonds add depth of flavor to this vegan pesto dip. Rich dairy-free yogurt provides a creamy, dippable consistency and a nice little dose of probiotics.

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Special Diet Notes & Options: Smoked Almond Vegan Pesto Dip

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

Creamy Smoked Almond Vegan Pesto Dip
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 1 ¾ cups
  • ¼ cup smoked almonds
  • 2 ounces fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 6-oz So Delicious Dairy Free Plain Greek Cultured Almond Milk
  1. Have a food processor ready, and a 4-cup serving bowl set aside for the finished dip.
  2. Pick all of the leaves from the basil, and roughly chop them. Process almonds and picked basil for 1 minute in the food processor.
  3. Add garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Process until smooth.
  4. Add the olive oil, and process until smooth.
  5. Pour the 2 containers cultured almond milk into the 4 cup bowl. Stir in ¼ cup of the almond pesto. Mix well, and adjust seasoning as desired.
  6. Serve with chips or fresh vegetables. Save the remainder of the pesto for a spread on bread, or toss with pasta for an easy dinner.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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