Dairy free fresh herb pistou

Fresh herb pistou – dairy free and nut free pesto

Dairy free fresh herb pistou

Herbs taste great with everything. This no-nuts dairy free healthy pesto can be made fresh, or made in bulk and stored in airtight containers in the fridge for up to two weeks, although fresh tastes best. Pistou is pesto without the nuts.



  • 3 bunches fresh seasonal herbs (parsley, coriander, basil) – rinsed, dried and loosely chop (removing the larger stems from the end and keeping the smaller ones to the leaves).
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 green chilli (deseeded if you prefer less heat), chopped
  • 3 teaspoons cracked black pepper
  • 200mls olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced - optional


  1. Pour 100 mls of olive oil into a food processor.
  2. Place one bunch of herbs into the food processor and blend.
  3. Add the second bunch of herbs with another 50 mls of olive oil and blend.
  4. Add the rest of the herbs and the remaining olive oil, along with the garlic, chilli and black pepper and process until smooth and quite oily (it will dry out when stored – (if left out at room temperature will become oily again).
  5. Pour into airtight containers and store in the fridge, ready for use with just about everything!


  • A lovely side dish for meat and fish, can be added to soup, stirred through steamed or stir-fried vegetables, spice up salads, and teenage children can be persuaded to eat them too!
  • Instead of lemon juice try using the zest.
  • Store in clear glass jars as they can go straight to the table and also make great gifts to take for shared dinners.

Dietary Requirements

Gluten Free  |  Dairy Free  |  Sugar Free  |  Yeast Free  |  Soy Free  |  Egg Free  |  Nut Free  |  Vegetarian

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