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Beet Green Pesto (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This beet green pesto is vegan & gluten free, garlicky and spicy, simple to make, and is a great no cook pasta sauce for summer nights. Best beet top recipes!  If you are wondering what to do with leftover beet greens that you got from a veggie or local CSA box then look no further.

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Pesto is a perfect beet greens recipe to make with  fresh abundant greens.  The raw garlic in the pesto compliments the slightly spicy beet greens, and combines to make a fantastic, simple, and quick summer sauce.  No cooking required and ready in 5 minutes. Its great over pasta, as a dip, or drizzled over pizza for that extra kick.

This Beet Green Pesto Is:

  • Packed with flavor!
  • Bright
  • Bold
  • Slightly spicy
  • Fresh
  • Raw vegan, gluten free, paleo friendly, whole30 approved!
Pesto is one of those staple sauces that we enjoy all year round!  In the summer our garden yields tons of beet greens to use in pesto, but you can use any green you have on hand.  I like spinach, kale, mustard greens, etc.  We love pesto stirred into pasta.  I also love to add a heaping scoop of pesto into my Pesto Risotto or use it as a main ingredient in my Soup Au Pistou!  Of all the fresh greens we’ve made in pesto, I gotta say that beet greens rank at the top.
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Whats In This Beet Green Pesto?

Beet Green Recipes For the WIN!

On a whim, we decided to grow mustard greens in our garden…  and they exploded!  They are a hearty and resilient green which stood up to the cooler May nights, and continued to thrive in the warm and wet June.  A groundhog got into them a little (we have since put fencing up) but we have been harvesting them for weeks now.
Aside from this pesto, another favorite mustard greens recipe we have is chopping the raw greens and adding them to tacos.  A nice and spicy bite!  They go great with fresh chopped red onion, TVP taco meat, and warm corn tortilla shells right out of the oven.

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How Do I Make This Pesto with Beet Greens?

  1. In a food processor add the beet greens, basil, garlic, almonds, and salt.
  2. Pulse a few times, then turn the food processor on low and steam in the olive oil.  Stop, and check the consistency, adding more olive oil if needed.
  3. Toss with fresh pasta, use pesto as a sauce on homemade pizza, or enjoy pesto as a dip for vegetables or bread

What Else Can I Cook With Beet Greens?

While there are tons of ways to cook beet greens, this beet pesto has been our favorite method by far!  This pesto  recipe really compliments the fresh, bold, spicy flavor of the leaves. For a little extra spice, a few shakes of crushed red pepper flakes would be an ideal addition to this sauce.
To make this beet pesto you can use either the blender or the food processor.  I used the blender, but either appliance will give you an awesome texture and flavor.  Use less olive oil for a chunkier sauce, and more for a thinner sauce.
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Dietary Modifications

So, this pesto is already vegan, gluten free, whole30, and paleo friendly!  Traditionally pesto recipes use cheese, which I opted to leave out of this for a dairy free version.  But if you aren’t vegan or dairy-free then I would recommended adding a big scoop of freshly grated parmesan in the sauce or to top your pasta before serving.

Enjoy this Vegan Beet Green Pesto Recipe With:

  • Toss with cooked pasta for a delicious dinner
  • Add to Garlic Lovers Garlic Bread
  • Use pesto as a pizza sauce, or top your pizza with a drizzle
  • Mix a scoop into risotto for a delicious pesto risotto
  • Make pesto soup, which combines fresh vegetables, beans, noodles, and pesto in the broth

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Beet Green Pesto (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Kelly Jensen
This beet green pesto is garlicky and spicy, simple to make, and is a great no cook pasta sauce for summer nights. Great way to use mustard greens from your garden.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Blend Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dinner, Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 109 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender or Food Processor

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor or blender, add the beet greens, basil, garlic, almonds, and salt.  Pulse a few times, then turn the food processor on low and steam in the olive oil.  Stop, and check the consistency, adding more olive oil if needed.
  • Toss with fresh pasta, use pesto as a sauce on homemade pizza, or enjoy pesto as a dip for vegetables or bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 109kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 335mgPotassium: 245mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1522IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg
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