Vegan nettle pesto

This is a bag of stinging nettles
This is a bag of stinging nettles

I know that nettles are packed full of vitamins and minerals, so when I saw those prickly things at the farmer’s market, I couldn’t resist. I knew I had seen a recipe for nettles pesto somewhere, but I wanted one that was dairy free so I could eat it, so here is what I came up with.  I am sure it would be good with some parmesan cheese in or on it, if you are so inclined.


nettle pesto recipe: adapted from Elana’s Pantry


4 oz. nettles

4 oz fresh basil

1/2 cup olive oil

juice from 2 lemons

1 teaspoon salt

6 cloves garlic

1/4 cup walnuts or other nuts (optional)



This is what it looked like when it was all blended together--I like the bright green.
This is what it looked like when it was all blended together–I like the bright green.

If the stems of the nettles are tough, remove the leaves from the stems.  If the stems are  tender, you can use them.  Put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor (I use a Vita Mix) and blend until smooth.  Add a little more olive oil if it is too thick.  Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice.

Serve over pasta or on crackers or as a dip for fresh veggies!  We had it with brown rice pasta.

Dinner is served!
Dinner is served!

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

4 thoughts on “Vegan nettle pesto

  1. I have been looking for a pesto recipe that doesn’t require me to spend four hours deconstructing my kitchen. This looks like the one. I’ve never tried nettle before so this should be fun.

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