Dandelion Pesto

A wonderful recipe made with spring greens!


2 cups tightly packed dandelion leaves, well-rinsed and dried
1 dozen large basil leaves
2 garlic cloves
1 cup lightly toasted hazelnuts (skins removed), or toasted almonds, pine nuts, or walnuts
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (optional)
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper



In the bowl of a food processor or blender, pulse together dandelion leaves, basil, garlic, and nuts. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the motor running, add olive oil and process until a smooth paste forms. Pulse in cheese if you like. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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3-1/2 cups

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Dandelion greens contain

Dandelion greens contain mineral salts. Adding more salt to the recipe is unnecessary. I make my pesto with dandelion greens alone, no basil. So good! Early spring nettles used fresh (uncooked) make a fine pesto. The pulverizing of the nettles in the food processor takes away the sting.