Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

by Kelly Cohen 1 min read

sundried tomato on table, next to bowl of pasta

Prep time: 5 min

Serves: 2

From holistic health coach and chef Kelly Cohen, author of My Organic Diary.

Sun dried tomato pesto is one of our favorites. It’s the ideal topping for any kind of dish. Vegetables, pasta, a sandwich. You name it, it probably goes.

While parmesan is usually included in pesto, this recipe instead uses cashews to create a just as creamy vegan version. We soak them for at least one hour, but you can also quickly bring them to a boil, take them off the heat, and then allow nuts to sit in the hot water for 15 minutes. This will achieve the same goal, which is to soften the cashew nut to create that creamy texture.

Note: You will need a powerful blender to blend your pesto perfectly.


  • ½ cup cashews, soaked for minimum 1 hour
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1½ cup fresh basil, rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 10 grape tomatoes, rinsed
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Add all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Blend for 5 minutes until well combined.
  3. If the texture is not smooth enough, add more water.
  4. Top on your favorites dishes.
  5. Keep refrigerated for up to 4 days.
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