Vegan Pesto With Spirulina

July 21, 2015 Updated: August 4, 2015

By , Organic Lifestyle Magazine

Pesto is that dish. It’s simple yet complex. It’s cheap but healthy. And most of all, it’s your comforting friend on a quiet night in that easily doubles as a crowd-pleaser when unexpected guests turn up.

This is a “throw-together” pesto recipe that’s bursting with nutrients, including spirulina, the most concentrated protein source on the planet. Spirulina adds a level of richness to the pesto and has numerous health benefits, keeping you fuller for longer, regulating energy levels, normalizing thyroid and adrenal gland function, and supporting healthy hormones.

Serve it drizzled over veggies or meat or simply stirred through cooked quinoa or pasta.

(Jill Chen/iStock)
A crowd-pleaser when unexpected guests turn up (Jill Chen/iStock)


  • 1/4 pound basil 
  • 1/8 pound baby spinach, rocket, or kale 
  • A bit less than 1/2 cup raw pine nuts
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped finely (or more for a little extra zing)
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina powder


Put basil leaves, greens, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, nuts, and salt in a blender and blitz until smooth. Stir in spirulina. Store in a glass jar in the fridge

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