Dandelion Pesto

What’s your favorite type of pesto?  Sage? Mint? Pistachio? Arugula? Sweet almond? Jimmy?

Well I have a new one for you: dandelion pesto.  Yes, this ubiquitous and pedestrian weed can be made into some high-brow, gourmet pesto.  But really… don’t pick the stuff that grows along the street!  Get it at the farmer’s market, where you know that nobody has sprayed it with chemicals or peed on it or whathaveyou.


♫ Music pairing: pedestrian at best. ♫

Click to listen: Courtney Barnett – “Pedestrian at Best”courtney-barnett-finally-releasing-debut-album-fdrmx

Did you think I was going to use the Rolling Stones’ “Dandelion”?  Too easy.  Courtney Barnett is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne and is generally a total badass.

This recipe adapted from the inimitable David Lebovitz


  • 6 oz washed and cleaned dandelion leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 tbsp. pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Grated pecorino romano


  1. Put it in the food processor and process until it turns into pesto.
  2. Put it on pizza, crostini, pasta, whatever your heart desires.



3 thoughts on “Dandelion Pesto

  1. Thanks Portia. I wild craft a lot of herbs for food and medicinals. This looks great and will be full of all the gifts of this powerful plant friend. I still remember fondly that yummy dinner and meeting your mom at your apartment in nyc when I was visiting Kirsten. Peace and love

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