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

Garlicky Swiss Chard Pesto (Vegan, Gluten Free)

One of my favorite swiss chard recipes! Makes a delicious and earthy pesto sauce to serve over pasta, risotto, or with garlic bread!

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.

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This pesto combined two things that I had never cooked with before: Swiss Chard and Garlic Chives!

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.

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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 🙂

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Whats In this Swiss Chard Pesto?

  • 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

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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easy swiss chard recipes

Garlicky Swiss Chard Pesto (Vegan, Gluten Free)

One of my favorite swiss chard recipes! Makes a delicious and earthy pesto sauce to serve over pasta, risotto, or with garlic bread!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
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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