Paleo Pesto Sauce


Double or triple the recipe and freeze leftovers for future meals. Excellent on grilled meats or spaghetti squash.

Recipe makes 4 servings.
Approximate Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Votes: 14
Rating: 4.86
Rate this recipe!


1 cup(s) basil, fresh, packed full
1/4 cup(s) pumpkin seeds, raw
1/4 cup(s) cashews, raw
2 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon(s) coconut aminos
2 medium garlic clove(s)
1/2 teaspoon(s) sea salt, (optional)
1/4 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
1/2 cup(s) olive oil


  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend into a smooth paste (stop several times and scrape the sides of the bowl down to get an even texture).
  2. Add more or less olive oil to reach desired consistency.


  1. crenaudo

    This with the grilled Salmon was the BEST salmon I’ve had in a long time! My husband and daughter loved it!

  2. Taryn M.

    I made this to eat with my salmon last night, but was confused by this recipe. Usually you mix all of the ingredients together with a food processor, but I don’t see that used anywhere in the recipe. How do you mix everything together for this particular recipe?

    • Neely

      You’d mix all of the ingredients in a food processor with a raw pesto sauce, but the heating of the ingredients helps mix them all together. You could certainly just mix them in the food processor instead of sauteing them, though, or both I suppose.

  3. Matt

    I’m fairly sure I did something wrong here:

    To be fair, I’ve never made pesto before and had no idea what I was doing, ha. I cook often and can usually follow a recipe. Maybe some more clarification on the process?

  4. TheOrrs

    Made this in food processor and put on the almond-flax pizza crust recipe. Toppings of sausage, tomato, mushrooms and onions. Yummy! Even my 3 year old loved it.

  5. mollythemobster

    Help! What is coconut aminos and where do I find it? Fresh Market doesn’t carry it.

    • Neely

      mollythemobster – It’s just fermented coconut that tastes like soy sauce. You can get it on Amazon.

  6. mollythemobster

    Can I use gluten free tamari instead?

    • Neely

      mollythemobster – You can, but it’s not Paleo. It’s certainly not the worst thing you can eat, especially if you don’t have a soy sensitivity, but it is soy.

  7. Kriss

    Why are you guys heating the pesto? all the ingredients should be just blended together…. Never heard of cooked pesto… I’d imagine its quite bitter……..

    • Neely Quinn

      Kriss – Where does it say to heat the pesto?


    can i use pine nuts in place of raws cashews? I can’t find any that aren’t salted!

  9. Newanna

    Can I use Braggs liquid aminos instead of coconut aminos?

    • Neely

      Newanna – Well, braggs liquid aminos are still made of soy, just like soy sauce, so it’s not technically Paleo. It’s ultimately up to you, of course.

  10. Mari

    What is coconut amino???

    • Neely

      Mari – It’s a good soy sauce substitute made from coconut. You can buy it at health food stores or on

  11. Pamela

    Can i use coconut milk or anything else besides coconut amnios? I still want to keep it paleo

Leave a Comment