Vegan Green Garlic Pistachio Pesto

vegan garlic pistachio pesto

The past couple of years we have opted not to partake in a CSA share since we spend so many summer weekends traveling and visiting family. Whenever we are home though, we head to the Wrightstown Farmer’s Market since we absolutely love the super seasonal produce that might only be available for a week or two each year, like the green garlic in this vegan pistachio pesto! It’s also great to support local farms and have food immediately after harvest.
vegan pistachio pesto
My travel unfortunately made me miss the fiddle-head ferns and garlic scapes this year, but green garlic was a great consolation. It took me a few google searches to figure out how much of the plant I should actually be using and thankfully, we can go ahead and eat all of it!

After under 3 minutes of prep and food-processing you can add this garlicky vegan pistachio pesto to pasta, spaghetti squash, potatoes, or use it as a topping or marinade for tofu and fish. We even mixed it in with some plain hummus! Pesto is also a great way to bring new life to leftovers.

green garlic pesto

vegan garlic pistachio pesto

Vegan Green Garlic Pistachio Pesto

This vegan take on classic pesto adds a pop of color and flavor to your favorite meals. Try it in pastas, on fish, or even as a dip!
Prep Time 3 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • 2 long green garlic stems and bulbs*
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water


  • Cut the root end of the garlic bulbs off and discard.
  • Chop the bulbs off and in half and cut the stems into 1-2 inch long pieces.
  • Add all ingredients, in order listed, into a food processor or high quality blender.
  • Pulse for 20-30 seconds, until desired consistency is reached.
  • Enjoy!


*sub 3 large cloves garlic if you can't find green garlic.
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  1. I’ve never tried pistachios in pesto – such a great idea! Unfortunately fresh basil and my stomach don’t get along, but I bet it’d be equally delicious with mint for a more middle-eastern twist.

  2. I’ve never seen green garlic! (Or maybe I have and just thought it was a huge scallion… shrugs shoulders… now I know better!) 🙂