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5-minute Spinach Pesto (nutritious & delicious!)

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Spinach Pesto takes a delicious twist on the classic

Discover spinach pesto, a delicious and nutritious variation of the beloved Italian sauce. Made with fresh spinach leaves, garlic, nuts, parmesan, and olive oil, this vibrant pesto bursts with flavour while offering a plenty of health benefits. It’s not just another way to eat spinach; it’s a culinary masterpiece that will leave your taste buds happy and satisfied.

This spinach pesto is versatile and quick to prepare

One of the highlights of this spinach pesto is its versatility. Whether you’re looking to elevate your pasta dishes, spread it on grilled bread, or use it as a flavorful dip for vegetables, this pesto will deliver. Its bright green color and vibrant taste will elevate any dish, making it a versatile addition to your culinary repertoire. And it only takes 5-minutes to prepare!

A nutritional powerhouse with irresistible flavour

This spinach pesto is more than just a tasty sauce; it’s a powerhouse of nutrients. Packed with the goodness of fresh spinach, it provides an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Garlic adds a distinctive kick and boasts numerous health benefits, while the nuts contribute healthy fats and a nice texture. Parmesan adds a touch of creaminess and umami, rounding off the flavors perfectly.

There is a lost of room for customisation!

The base of this recipe consists of spinach, garlic, and olive oil, which form the foundation of the pesto’s vibrant flavours. For a vegan-friendly version, omit the parmesan and adjust the seasoning with a bit more salt. While traditional pesto incorporates pine nuts, we’ve opted for the flexibility of walnuts or even sunflower seeds. This allows you to utilise whichever soft, non-sweet nuts or seeds you have on hand, all while enjoying the added benefit of being more budget-friendly than pine nuts. You can also add in other greens, like rocket or kale!

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A refreshing twist on a classic sauce

If you’re seeking a fresh and exciting way to enjoy the classic pesto sauce, look no further than this spinach pesto. With just a handful of fresh ingredients, you can whip up a batch in no time, transforming your meals into culinary delights. The vibrant green color and the burst of flavors will invigorate your taste buds, bringing a touch of elegance and nutrition to your dishes.

5-minute Spinach Pesto

Imagine fresh, nutrient-packed spinach leaves blended with fragrant garlic, creamy Parmesan cheese, and rich walnuts, all drizzled with olive oil to create a smooth and velvety pesto sauce.
That's what you're getting with this easy Spinach Pesto, which comes together in absolutely no time and is perfect to serve with pasta, fresh veggies or as a spread on grilled bread. It's fantastic to make ahead and boost your lunch and weeknight dinners with nutrients and mouthwatering flavours!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: International, Italian
Keyword: easy recipes, Pesto, Spinach pesto
Servings: 1 jar


  • 1 bag fresh spinach (about 200g, washed)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbs salt (add more to taste)
  • 100-120 ml olive oil (add gradually to get desired texture)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 handfull nuts of choice (we recommend walnuts, pine nuts or sunflower seeds)
  • 3-4 tbsp grated parmesan (optional)


  • Wash the spinach.
  • Throw all ingredients in your blender or food processor.
    If your are using parmesan, add it and only after blending and tasting add salt if needed because the cheese is quite salty by itself.
  • Blend for 3-4 minutes on high speed. Add more oil if needed to get the desired creaminess, and blend.


  • Store in a jar and cover the top with a layer of olive oil. Store for up to a week in your fridge.

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Made with love by Katja & Youssef | 2023