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Chickweed Pesto Recipe

Chickweed Pesto Recipe

I love pesto! And I've tried many different recipes including basil, cilantro, nettles, and more. But to me, this chickweed pesto recipe is one of the best!
Course Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Blending Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 ounces
Calories 89 kcal
Author Debra Maslowski


  • 3 cups fresh chickweed (washed and roots removed)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • juice from 1 lime
  • lime zest (if desired)
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts (toasted)


  1. Place everything for this chickweed pesto recipe (except the olive oil) into a blender or food processor. Blend until it turns into a puree, but on the chunky side.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil.
  3. Taste and adjust salt if necessary.
  4. Serve on crackers or crostini.


This chickweed pesto recipe will keep overnight but may separate a bit. Stir well before serving.

For the best results, toast the pine nuts for a short time. Be careful not to burn them.

Nutrition Facts
Chickweed Pesto Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 ounces)
Calories 89 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 146mg6%
Potassium 27mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.