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Parmesan Substitute in Pesto

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 15, 2013 at 1:22 AM

So...I found a recipe for Carrot Green (aka Carrot Top) pesto that I REALLY want to try making because I really want to try using my carrot greens. However, all the recipes that I have found use parmesan cheese (as a traditional pesto would). As I do not eat dairy, does anyone have any suggestions for something that may provide a similar textural or flavor element?

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on May 15, 2013
at 06:10 PM

yup, or pine nuts, which I suppose are often already in pestos, but finely ground up they have the cheesey essence... or ground brazil nut

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on May 15, 2013
at 04:05 AM

yes, nutritional yeast is the closest parmesan tasting substitute I've found... but what am I talking about - I do dairy and I luuuurve my parmie! Try googling Vegan Pesto, there's lots out there that look pretty good!

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

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on May 15, 2013
at 04:04 AM

this stuff is the closest parmesan tasting substitute I've found... but what am I talking about - I do dairy and I luuuurve my parmie. Try googling Vegan Pesto ... lots out there that look pretty good!

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on May 15, 2013
at 02:07 AM

Vegans are in love with Nutritional Yeast and use it in place of cheese. Maybe try that.

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on May 15, 2013
at 02:49 AM

Cashews sub for parm well in caesar salads, might work in your pesto, that's the raw vegan way.

Example: http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2012/01/no-cheese-caesar.html

15dfddb2195385569014b970890b12ad

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on May 15, 2013
at 06:10 PM

yup, or pine nuts, which I suppose are often already in pestos, but finely ground up they have the cheesey essence... or ground brazil nut

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on May 15, 2013
at 09:17 AM

The typical parmesan taste is umami, so presumably you could substitute for anything else that has a strong umami taste.

According to wikipedia this would be any kind of cultured or fermented product, though perhaps you wouldn't want your pesto to taste like fermented fish.

If you eat nuts and seeds and you like a challenge, you could try to ferment cashew cheese, for example, and use that.

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on May 15, 2013
at 06:12 AM

/\ haha is there anything that vegans dont "sub" cashews for

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