Beet Green Pesto

by Edward Daniel
Citrus lemon with seasonal beet green leaves caramelised garlic, nutty pumpkin seeds and oil; vegan Beet Green Pesto, a raw condiment. Edward Daniel ©.

Seasonal beet green leaves with citrus lemon, caramelised garlic, nutty pumpkin seeds and olive oil; Beet Green Pesto.

Bite into something moist and soft. And, gulp.

This dish will overthrow your belief that vegan food can’t be super nutritious.

Make this:

  • When you’ve just been to the local farmers market laden with beets and their greens. You’re scratching your head as to toss out the leaves. Don’t. Make a gorgeous pesto instead
  • When you’re seeking an alternative to basil or wild garlic pesto. A healthy nutritional condiment to your pasta dish
  • When you’ve got a jam-packed schedule. You need a quick and easy condiment to toss onto your jacket-potato. Feel satiated and get onto the next chore on that list

Beet Green Pesto was inspired when laden with beets and their leaves at a local farmer’s market. I didn’t want to toss away the stems or leaves which are lush in colour and have a mild sweet taste to them.

This Pesto is a vegan condiment and paleo too.

What equipment to use

For this dish, I suggest:



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Edward x

Citrus lemon with seasonal beet green leaves caramelised garlic, nutty pumpkin seeds and oil; vegan Beet Green Pesto, a raw condiment. Edward Daniel ©.

Beet Green Pesto

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 3.2/5
( 52 voted )


  • 75g pumpkin seeds
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2tbs olive oil
  • 300g beet greens (beetroot leaves and stems)
  • 100g olive oil
  • 10g nutritional yeast
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Soak the pumpkin seeds in filtered water about 30 minutes. Drain, place in baking dish with the garlic and coat with olive oil
  2. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 180 degrees Celsius or if you have a fan oven 160 degrees Celsius.
  3. Bake the pumpkin seeds for about 10 minutes, and remove. Leave the garlic to roast for a further 10 minutes. Set to one side.
  4. In a chopper, place the beet greens with the peeled garlic and half the pumpkin seeds, oil, nutritional yeast and lemon juice. Whizz. Remove and transfer to a mixing bowl with the remaining pumpkin seeds. Season to taste.
  5. Serve with pasta or jacket potatoes.
  6. Store in a sterilised sealable jar. Toss in some crushed peppercorns. Chill and use within a week.


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Annie Ramsay 21 March 2024 - 00:24

Made this as written, except used walnuts. No pumpkin seeds on hand. Added salt and added more garlic. Really delicious, slightly spicy, so happy to have found this recipe. Thank you

Edward Daniel 25 March 2024 - 19:58

Hi Annie! Thanks for the feedback and great to know that it all turned out well. Great to experiment.
Edward x


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