Dandelion Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Number of Servings: 8 (43 g)
Active Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 15 min.
Dandelion Pumpkin Seed Pesto

During the spring and summer, many farmers’ markets provide gourmet dandelion greens that outperform any greens you might harvest from your own back yard. For safety and flavor, they can’t be beat. That said, dandelions are easy to recognize, so if you’re confident that your yard is free of toxic fertilizers and chemicals, this recipe is a wonderfully fun way to enjoy foraging for wild food with your family.


  • ¾ cup (green) pumpkin seeds, unsalted hulled
  • 3 garlic gloves, minced
  • ¼ cup parmesan, freshly grated
  • 1 bunch dandelion greens (about 2 cups loosely packed)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Pour the pumpkin seeds onto a shallow-rimmed baking sheet and roast until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.
  2. Pulse the garlic and pumpkin seeds together in a food processor until finely chopped.
  3. Add parmesan cheese, dandelion greens and lemon juice and process continuously until combined. Stop the processor every now and again to scrape down the sides of the bowl. The pesto will become very thick and difficult to process.
  4. With the processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil and process until the pesto is smooth. Add salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size 43 g

Amount per serving
Calories 185
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 2mg 0%
Sodium 130mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 53.4mg 4%
Iron 2.4mg 10%
Potassium 185mg 4%
Vitamin A 78.8mcg 8%
Vitamin C 6.6mg 8%
Vitamin E 1.8mg 15%
Vitamin K 112.5mcg 90%
Thiamin 0mg 0%
Riboflavin 0.1mg 0%
Niacin 0.3mg 0%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 6%
Folate 4.3mcg 1%
Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%
Biotin 0.1mcg 0%
Chloride 56.2mg 2%
Pantothenate 0mg 0%
Phosphorus 209.6mg 15%
Iodine 0mcg 0%
Magnesium 86.8mg 20%
Zinc 0.2mg 0%
Selenium 1.1mcg 2%
Copper 0mg 0%
Manganese 0.1mg 4%
Chromium 0mcg 0%
Molybdenum 0.8mcg 2%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Raw Pumpkin Seeds, Dandelion Greens, Olive Oil, Parmesan Cheese (milk, Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Lemon Juice, Garlic, Salt.

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