How to make wild garlic pesto (vegan friendly!)

Wild garlic pesto from non-traditional ingredients

It is wild garlic season and I wanted to make pesto with it. Pesto is traditionally made with basil, Parmesan, lemon, olive oil and pine nuts. I didn’t have lemons, Parmesan, pine nuts or basil but these were all fairly easy to swap out, and the result is a deep green, garlicky nutty spread I am finding delicious to put on everything savoury – toast, pasta, gammon, couscous, poached eggs…

Wild garlic nettle pesto how to make

This recipe for wild garlic pesto also includes nettles, but you can leave those out if you would like. If you have Parmesan, you can add about 50g after blending the garlic and nuts. Also, you can leave the Parmesan out, and keep this recipe suitable for vegans!

Not-pesto wild garlic pesto recipe


Four cups chopped wild garlic leaves

1 cup cooked nettles

500g toasted cashews, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds

One bulb of garlic, roasted

Juice of two limes

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Blend the garlic, nettles and nuts in a food processor, adding oil gradually to make a paste. Blend in the roasted garlic. Add the lime juice and salt/pepper to taste.



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This may not be pesto, but it is very tasty. Because the wild garlic season is so short, it might be a good idea to make a big batch  and freeze some for later in the year.

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About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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