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Salad leaf pesto recipe

Salad leaf pesto recipe

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Sub basil in the traditional pesto for any mixed salad leaves you have in the back of the fridge. Pulse them with garlic, lemon, cheese and whatever nuts you have on-hand for a quick and easy pesto that's great on everything from eggs to pasta. See method

  • Makes 250ml
  • 10 mins to prepare
  • 84 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free


  • 40g mixed salad leaves
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • ½ lemon, juiced​
  • 25g grated Parmesan or pecorino
  • 30g mixed chopped nuts (try hazelnuts, walnuts, Brazil or macadamia)
  • 100ml olive oil

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    9g 12%
  • Saturates

    1g 7%
  • Sugars

    0g 0%
  • Salt

    0.1g 1%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 0.3g Protein 1.1g Fibre 0.2g


  1. Put mixed salad leaves in a food processor with the garlic clove, the juice of ½ lemon, grated Parmesan pecorino and 30g mixed chopped nuts(try hazelnuts, walnuts, Brazil or macadamia). Pulse a few times to coarsely chop. With the motor on, slowly drizzle in 100ml olive oil until you get a smooth sauce. Scrape down the sides and blend again; season. Stir through pasta, swirl into soups, or spoon onto pizzas and tarts. Will keep, covered, for up to a week in the fridge.

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