Nkululeko’s Microgreen Herb Pesto Recipe

One of Mlotshwa’s favourite recipes is his microgreen herb pesto. “It is quick and easy to make and versatile too. I’ve included ideas on the ways you can apply this pesto to an array of different dishes and applications” he comments. “The main thing to keep in mind when you apply this pesto to your dish is that you must not cook it further. When microgreens are cooked they are depleted of their nutrients.”
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Nkululeko’s Microgreen Herb Pesto

Makes about 2 cups


  • 70g selection of fresh microgreen herbs; a good mix would be coriander, mustard, beetroot and rocket.

  • 60g butter

  • 1 cup olive oil

  • 5 large cloves garlic

  • 100g finely grated Parmesan or pecorino

  • 100g pine nuts or pine kernels (flaked almonds can be substituted as a cheaper and delicious alternative)

  • Salt and pepper


  1. Place the microgreens, butter, olive oil, garlic and Parmesan into a blender.

  2. Roast the pine nuts for a few minutes until a light golden colour, then cool slightly, just before adding to the blended ingredients to ensure a fresh, roasted flavour.

  3. Blend until the correct consistency of a thick spreadable paste is reached.

  4. Store in an airtight, sterilised container in the fridge.

4 Alternative Ways to Use Nkululeko’s Microgreen Herb Pesto

1. Pesto butter

  • 3/4 cup pesto mashed into four tablespoons softened butter.

  • Delicious on freshly baked ciabatta

2. Tasty up your boiled eggs

  • Perfect for those on a banting diet. Drizzle over your eggs in the morning for a nutrient boost!

3. Lemon pesto dip

  • Whisk up 1/2 cup sour cream with 1/4 cup each mayonnaise, Parmesan and pesto, 2 tablespoons capers and 2 teaspoons each lemon zest and juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Perfect for a dinner party welcome snack served with ostrich fillet skewers cooked slowly over the braai.

4. Pesto hummus

  • Mix 1 cup hummus with 2 tablespoons pesto. Add chopped mint, toasted pine nuts and a dash of paprika to the top.

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