Dark Leafy Pesto

This is a fantastic twist on the standard pesto recipe that uses greens rather than basil leaves.  It's also very nutritionally dense and makes a healthy sauce to use on pasta or other grains.


  • 8 oz. collard, kale, or mustard greens, tough stems trimmed
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup sage leaves
  • ⅔ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt, optional
  • ⅛ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Read the entire recipe and directions at Vegetarian Times.

This sauce is also a delicious part of this recipe: Penne and Dark Leafy Pesto and Roasted Squash.