Warrigal Greens Pesto

Warrigal greens, also known as New Zealand spinach or Botany Bay spinach, can be a great substitute for traditional basil in pesto. Here’s a recipe for Warrigal greens pesto.

Warrigal Greens Pesto

Warrigal Greens Pesto

Cooking time – 15 Mins..

Colour – Leafy Green Colour..



  • 2 cups Warrigal greens leaves, blanched
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation method :

  1. Blanch the Warrigal greens leaves by placing them in boiling water for about 1 minute, then immediately transferring them to ice water to cool. This helps retain their vibrant green color.
  2. Drain the blanched Warrigal greens leaves and squeeze out any excess water.
  3. In a food processor or blender, combine the blanched Warrigal greens, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts or walnuts, and garlic cloves. Pulse until the ingredients are finely chopped and well combined.
  4. With the food processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. You may need to scrape down the sides of the processor bowl with a spatula to ensure everything is incorporated.
  5. Taste the pesto and season with salt and pepper as needed. Adjust Be seasoning according to your preferences.
  6. Transfer the Warrigal greens pesto to a jar or airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It will keep for several days.


Benefits :

  1. Nutrient-rich: Warrigal greens are a good source of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as minerals like calcium, iron, and magnesium.
  2. Antioxidant properties: The greens contain antioxidants that help protect against cellular damage and reduce inflammation in the body.
  3. High fiber content: Warrigal greens are rich in dietary fiber, which can aid in digestion and promote a healthy digestive system.
  4. Low in calories: Warrigal greens are relatively low in calories, making them a great addition to a balanced diet for weight management.


You can use Warrigal greens pesto in various ways, such as tossing it with pasta, spreading it on bread or crackers, or using it as a flavorful sauce for grilled meats or roasted vegetables. Enjoy.

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