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Kale and Spinach Pesto

vegan pesto dish

A wonderful twist on the classic pesto! Filled with three amazing greens and using flaxseed oil instead of the traditional olive oil.

What is Flaxseed Good For?

Flaxseeds are GREAT for your health for so many reasons and I really suggest finding ways to incorporate them into your diet. Many people actually refer to flaxseeds as the original superfood because they have been consumed as a food for many thousands of years.

The most well known benefits of flaxseeds are that they improve digestion, promote clearer skin, regulate your hormones, and also that they work to lower your cholesterol levels. However, consuming them regularly can also help to combat any sugar cravings that you might be experiencing, as well as helping to protect against cancer and potentially aiding weight loss.

Just a one ounce serving of flaxseeds (which equates to roughly three teaspoons) will provide your body with 8g of fibre, 6g of protein, 35% of your recommended daily allowance of manganese, and 30% of your recommended daily allowance of magnesium.

In addition to all of those amazing things, it will also supply you with an ample amount of phosphorous, selenium, and a range of other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! What’s not to love?!

Flaxseeds are often called linseeds and are widely available in both health food stores and normal supermarkets.

Kale and Spinach Pesto

To make this pesto to serve four people, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups / 5oz / 140g of kale
  • 2 cups / 5oz / 140g of spinach
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 3 tbsp of almonds
  • 2 tbsp of flaxseed oil
  • A handful of fresh cilantro (coriander), trimmed and chopped
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1/2 a tsp of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 a tsp of freshly ground black pepper


Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blitz for a few minutes. Add more flaxseed oil or lemon juice if necessary to reach your preferred consistency. And, that’s it!

You can serve this pesto with your favourite pasta dish for an easy and tasty meal. I love quinoa and corn pasta but my kids prefer whole wheat, so take your pick and enjoy. Also, adding a handful of cashew nuts on top isn’t necessary, but doing so will give you that extra little bit of nutrition and flavour!

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