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Garlicky Swiss Chard Pesto (Vegan, Keto, Gluten Free, Low Carb)

This garlicky swiss chard pesto is one of my favorite swiss chard recipes! It makes a delicious and earthy pesto sauce to serve over pasta, risotto, or with garlic bread!  This sauce is the perfect recipe for swiss chard that came out of the garden, from the farmer’s market, or at the store.

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I have been loving our CSA boxes at work!  We get such a great variety of amazingly fresh and local produce.   One of the major perks is that I get to try all kinds of things that I never had before, and find cool ways to use them in the kitchen.  This swiss chard pesto is a bright and fresh way to use your Swiss Chard, and tastes amazing. While pesto usually is made from fresh greens, I lightly sauteed the swiss chard to give it a creamy and soft texture.

This Keto Swiss Chard Pesto Recipe Is:

  • Bright
  • Earthy
  • Flavorful
  • Garlicky
  • Fresh
  • Savory
  • Ready in 15 minutes
  • Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, and SO good!

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With a few extra ingredients, the pesto came together into one of the most amazing and delicious sauces I’ve ever made.  Its perfectly garlicky (and we looooove garlic) and earthy and sweet from the basil.  Its a vegan recipe, but you won’t miss the cheese because the bold flavor is incredible from the chives.

One of the Best Seasonal Swiss Chard Recipes

This swiss chard pesto sauce recipe is a great way to get in some seasonal fresh produce!  Swiss Chard is available here in New England in late spring and early summer. And add in some garlic scapes in the pesto for an extra zing of spring flavor!

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I cooked mine up with pasta + sautéed zucchini + spinach, but the possibilities are endless!  Pastas, dips, spreads, pizzas, soups, etc!  This would be great in Soup Au Pisto!

This recipe makes a LOT of sauce, which is perfect for a LOT of leftovers 🙂

Whats In this Swiss Chard Pesto?

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How Do I Make Swiss Chard Pesto?

  1. In a large pot, sauté 2 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the garlic for 3 minutes until it begins to crisp.  Add the swiss chard and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  2. Turn oven broiler to low and toast pine nuts and pumpkin seeds for 5 minutes until lightly browned on top.
  3. In a food processor or high speed blender, add the swiss chard and garlic, toasted pine nuts + pumpkin seeds, garlic chives, fresh basil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Add 1 cup of olive oil, and blend on high.
  5. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of olive oil slowly until pesto is a medium thick consistency.
  6. Store in an airtight container for 3 days in the fridge!

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Garlicky Swiss Chard Pesto (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Kelly Jensen
One of my favorite keto swiss chard recipes! Makes a delicious and earthy pesto sauce to serve over your choice of pasta, risotto, or with garlic bread! A healthy recipe with swiss chard you can enjoy all year round.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large bunches Swiss chard washed, chopped, both leaves and stems
  • 10 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 cup garlic chives chopped
  • 1.5 cups olive oil divided
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, sauté 2 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the garlic for 3 minutes until it begins to crisp.  Add the swiss chard and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  • Turn oven broiler to low and toast pine nuts and pumpkin seeds for 5 minutes until lightly browned on top.
  • In a food processor or high speed blender, add the swiss chard and garlic, toasted pine nuts + pumpkin seeds, garlic chives, fresh basil, salt, and pepper.
  • Add 1 cup of olive oil, and blend on high.
  • Add the remaining 1/2 cup of olive oil slowly until pesto is a medium thick consistency.
  • Store in an airtight container for 3 days in the fridge!
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