Wild Garlic Pesto

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Is there anything more flavorful or versatile than pesto? This summer, take advantage of wild garlic to make an extra special pesto.

Unlike store-bought pestos, which can be high in sodium and other preservatives, this homemade wild garlic pesto is fresh, healthy, and delicious.

Plus, it’s easy to make! Amazing tossed with pasta, and just as tasty served with salads & baked potatoes!

I love wild garlic pesto sauce just as much as the traditional basil pesto recipe.

It’s LOADED with tons of flavor, incredibly easy to make, and as a bonus, it’s also gluten-free.

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Ingredients needed for Wild Garlic Pesto

wild garlic pesto ingredients
  • fresh wild garlic leaves
  • high-quality olive oil
  • garlic glove
  • pine nuts
  • finely grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt to taste

How to make Wild Garlic Pesto

Roast pine nuts in a pan on low to medium heat till nuts turn brown – see the full recipe and instructions below.

wild garlic pesto process 1

Put garlic, parmesan, olive oil, and roasted pine nuts in a food processor, and add wild garlic leaves in batches to process.

wild garlic pesto process 2

Add salt to taste

wild garlic pesto process 3

Serve with pasta or on top of baked potatoes. Add to salad, with cooked meat, or simply on top of toasted bread. YUM!

wild garlic pesto final

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • You can find and forage wild garlic, also known as ramsons, in many public parks in Europe and America.
  • You can replace wild garlic leaves with basil leaves for basil pesto.
  • Wild garlic pesto is often used in Italian fine dining.
  • If you cannot forage for wild garlic where you are, most Chinese shops sell Chinese garlic chives (also a seasonal vegetable) that can be used as a replacement. It tastes similar, but the hint of garlic is a lot weaker.
wild garlic pesto ready to use

Packed with flavor, this easy-to-make condiment is perfect for adding a boost of flavor to everything from pasta to chicken dishes.

wild garlic pesto recipe

Wild Garlic Pesto

5 from 1 vote
Quick, easy, and super flavorful Wild Garlic Pesto – Amazing tossed with pasta, and just as tasty served with salads & baked potatoes!
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 339kcal
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins


  • 300 g wild garlic leaves
  • 180 g olive oil
  • 1 garlic glove
  • 75 g pine nut
  • 75 g finely grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt to taste


  • Roast pine nuts in a pan on low to medium heat till nuts turn brown. Do not add any oil, dry roast only. Be patient, it takes a while for all the nuts to turn brown.
  • Put garlic, parmesan, olive oil, roasted pine nuts in a food processor, add wild garlic leaves in batches to process.
  • Add salt to taste


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 634mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, is intended to serve as an estimate only, and is provided for informational purposes. The accuracy of nutritional information is not guaranteed.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: dinner, easy, garlic, gluten-free, lunch, pasta sauce, pesto, quick, vegan

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5 from 1 vote

Hello, I’m Vickie aka The Crazy Family Mom!

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