Pesto Vinaigrette

Now that we’ve passed the Ides of March and we’re inching closer and closer to Spring, I’m ready to start planting my garden. I’m ready for all things salads. And all things garden fresh. This eagerness for spring, has got me ready for recipes that are bright and light too. Recipes like this Pesto Vinaigrette.

This recipe is crazy easy to make thanks to store bought pesto. During the summer it’s pretty easy and cost effective to make your own pesto. During the winter months when you want just a little bit summer to spruce up those dark winter days, store bought pesto can be your best friend. I use it for pastas, for sandwiches, pizzas and now this pesto vinaigrette. I’ve been buying mine at Costco and it’s becoming one of my favorite products. I even make special trips to Costco for it when I run out. It’s pretty good, guys.


Because you’ll be using store bought pesto for this recipe, you’ll only need a few ingredients: pesto, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. I also threw in an extra garlic clove because, as you know if you read my garlic post earlier this week, I am all about garlic. Pesto already has garlic in it so the extra clove is optional.

I have made this pesto vinaigrette a few times now and it is always a huge hit. It is of course great on green salads, but if you have a friend who is not a huge fan of beets, drizzle this over some roasted beets to change their mind. And if you want to make a festive spring crostini, spread some goat cheese on toast and drizzle with vinaigrette. Whatever you do, make this pesto vinaigrette today to get a jump start on spring.Prepared pesto makes this pesto vinaigrette come together in a flash. It's the perfect way to add a little sunshine to your salads!

Pesto Vinaigrette Recipe

Makes 3/4 cup Prep Time:
4 based on 3 reviews


  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper



Combine pesto, garlic (If using) and vinegar in a food processor. Pulse just until combined.


With the food processor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil and continue processing until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Store in the refrigerator. Will keep for a few days.



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    April 21, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    I prepared it for my family and everyone just loved it especially my husband. Thanx for sharing.

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    Mateo Pedersen
    February 7, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Yum! Looks like it would go well with some fresh tomatoes and olives! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    January 21, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Love this recipe, which I’ll make again and again. I made it tonight with what I had on hand (kale and walnuts) and I couldn’t believe how quickly in came together and how wonderful the flavor is. I’m excited to start experimenting with nut and herb combinations.

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      January 22, 2019 at 9:16 am

      I love that you tried it with kale and walnuts! What a great idea!

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    October 8, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    this was ok as written, but the white vinegar taste was too strong. i will probably try it again with a milder vinegar, maybe red wine or balsamic.

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      October 8, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you for your feedback Christie! Let me know if you try it with the other vinegars. I was concerned about balsamic because of color but I bet red wine vinegar would be good too!

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        February 18, 2019 at 6:01 pm

        i’ve now tried this with both balsamic and red wine vinegar! the balsamic produced a really weird color, but tasted fantastic. the red wine vinegar was very good and not too sharp. i think i preferred the flavor of the balsamic, but i could never serve it to anyone because the color was ghastly. the red wine vinegar is the winner for me. thank you for posting this recipe – it’s allowed me to experiment and find the right fit!

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    Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze
    March 21, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Ooooh I have to try this asap! I’ve been trying to eat healthy and this presto vinaigrette would be perfect for my daily salads. :) Looks yummy!

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    March 20, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Holy moly! I can’t believe how easy it is to make! MUST TRY ASAP!

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    Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen
    March 19, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I love Costco’s pesto and have a big thing of it in the fridge! I’ll have to try this vinaigrette with it for sure!

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    March 19, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Yes! One of my favorite kinds of dressing!!!

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    Laura / I Heart Naptime
    March 19, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Oh, how delicious! I’m gonna add this to my lunch salad today.

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    Michelle @ The Complete Savori
    March 18, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Yum, I love pesto. Great dressing idea.

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    March 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Pesto is a staple in our house and I love how versatile it is. This dressing would perk up any salad.

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    Kristen (amindfullmom)
    March 18, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Crazy easy and crazy delicious. winner

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    March 18, 2016 at 4:05 am

    I adore pesto! I can’t wait to try this fun twist!

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