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Swiss Chard Pesto (Vegan, Gluten Free)

The Herbeevore
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 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Sauce
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 10
Calories 190 kcal



  • 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!


Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 139mgPotassium: 181mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1019IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 2mg
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