Electric Roots: Spicy Dandelion Pesto

This bright and cheery Pesto recipe is full of tasty herbal energizers like Dandelion, Cayenne, and Lemon to get the body moving into Spring. This nutrient dense pesto, packed with Vitamin C, as well as Potassium, Magnesium, and Calcium, aids in digestion and helps gently tone the liver..

Recipe (Yields 2 Cups):

  • 2 Cups packed fresh Dandelion Leaves (rough chopped, or torn into a few pieces)
  • 1/4 Cup Basil leaves (optional- I absolutely love basil so i couldn’t resist a little thrown in the mix)
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Parmesan cheese or 1/2 Teaspoon nutritional yeast (Vegan)
  • Juice of 1 Lemon (or roughly 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice)
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1-2 medium garlic cloves (2 cloves for garlic lovers)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cayenne (or start with a pinch and add to taste)
  • Sea salt to taste


Place dandelion leaves in food processor, and pulse a few times to break down leaves.  Scrape down sides of processor with spatula.  Add all other ingredients and pulse to desired consistency (the longer you pulse, the smoother the pesto will be). Enjoy on pasta, your favorite protein, as a sandwich spread, or tossed with veggies.

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Nicole Worthington

Nicole Worthington has been drawn to the Pacific Northwest much of her life, but finally made the jump to Portland a few summers back. With a background in cooking, Yoga, and the healing power of food, Herbalism has been a wonderful addition to her life energetically and physically. The plants have provided much solace and healing during a time of loss and grief, as well as providing overall balance in the body and mind. Nicole is confident that Herbalism is the Peoples’ Medicine, and by making a cup of tea you are already denying oppressive systems that reject self care and complete wellness. Nicole has learned much from the plants and spends time honoring, listening, and being open to all the wisdom they have to offer. Nicole feels blessed to continue her journey with all the beautiful beings here at The Herb Shoppe and is excited to share the knowledge and insight she has learned with an open heart and mind.

When Nicole is not learning from the plants, she can be found immersed in a thrift store, goofing around with friends, or listening to records while playing in the kitchen. :)

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