Spinach Pistachio Pesto

Clean eating doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless! This Whole30-compliant Spinach Pistachio Pesto adds a flavorful punch to any meal. This delicious spread hits on the creamy and salty notes of a traditional pesto while being dairy free and vegan. When added to shrimp or chicken, this pesto elevates the protein and makes a weeknight meal something special. When smeared on toast, the pesto adds a much-needed burst of fresh flavor. So yummy!

spinach pistachio pesto in a glass jar with a spoon

I know, I know.

I’m still on a Whole30 kick here at TSP. And honestly, I don’t know if I’ll ever be off it.

We really enjoyed getting back to whole foods last month, and we’ve continued eating mostly Whole30-compliant meals at home with the interspersed sweet or bread or alcoholic beverage while out on the town.

While I don’t foresee The Speckled Palate becoming a Whole30-centric blog, I want to share these recipes because healthy recipes don’t have to be bland or boring.

Oh, good for you recipes can be oh-so-flavorful if done right.

And this pesto? Totally done right.

Some Whole30 recipes you might want to check out: Whole30 Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas PlatesWhole30 Taco Zucchini Boats | Galia Melon Jamón SkewersWhole30 Bacon Apple Salad with Bacon VinaigretteBlackberry Ginger Lemon Whole30 TeaSweet Potato BisqueWhole30 Steak Salad with Orange VinaigretteVegan Potato Leek Soup

Wanting to do a Whole30, but unsure where to start? I wrote a guide called 8 Tips for a Successful Whole30 that might be helpful for you!

a spoon in pistachio pesto

About a week into the Whole30, I was craving something to put on protein that wasn’t just salt and pepper or lemon.

While delicious, I knew I needed to shake things up, or I was going to get bored quickly.

My husband suggested pesto, and after doing a little research, I realized that I could make a Whole30-compliant pesto easily from ingredients I already had in my kitchen.

A friendly reminder: The Whole30 powers that be say nuts and seeds are OK… but you should limit your consumption of them. So don’t go eating this entire batch of pesto in one sitting.

spinach pistachio pesto in a glass jar

That night, we made skillet pesto shrimp, and it was spectacular!

And the pesto made all the difference. The pistachios bring a salty sweetness to the table while the spinach adds mildness and the lemon zest and juice add an acidic pop.

In other words, this pesto was a HIT.

And it’s oh-so-easy to make at home.

a spoon in pistachio pesto

Spinach Pistachio Pesto Essentials

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Get the look!

Glass jar of Spinach Pistachio Pesto

Y’all ready for some PESTO?

Let’s do this thing…

spinach pistachio pesto in a glass jar
Yield: 3 cups

Spinach Pistachio Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Clean eating doesn't have to be boring or tasteless! This Whole30-compliant Spinach Pistachio Pesto adds a flavorful punch to any meal. This delicious spread hits on the creamy and salty notes of a traditional pesto while being dairy free and vegan. When added to shrimp or chicken, this pesto elevates the protein and makes a weeknight meal something special. When smeared on toast, the pesto adds a much-needed burst of fresh flavor. So yummy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pistachios, roasted and salted
  • 3 ½ cups spinach, fresh
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, measure out the pistachios and spinach.
  2. Add the lemon zest and juice the lemon directly into the food processor.
  3. Turn on the food processor to the lowest setting, and begin to blend the ingredients, drizzling in the olive oil.
  4. Blend until smooth and desired consistency. (You can add more or less olive oil, depending on the texture. But I found 1 cup to be the sweet spot for me where the pesto had enough body without being runny.) Once at the correct consistency, turn off and transfer to a mason jar.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, and enjoy as a topping on proteins or bread or pasta.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

¼ cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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16 Comments

  1. I love this creative twist. I love pesto, but always get stuck when thinking of new creative recipes. Can’t wait to try this one!

    1. Thank you, Dorothy! I get stuck sometimes when trying to come up with a creative recipe, and this one just kinda stared at me from my fridge. 😉 I always have spinach and pistachios on hand, so I figured why not?!?

  2. I love experimenting with pestos! I’ve used spinach and pistachios, but not together. I need to try this! 🙂

  3. Yum! I love trying new variations of pesto….it’s so good on SO many things!

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