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Turn Those Dandelion Greens into Pesto

We’re big believers in the power of pesto to transform any green into a vibrant sauce for roasted vegetables, grilled fish, or lunchtime bowls. Turns out our chef-in-residence Bobby Flay subscribes to a similar philosophy, this time transforming bitter dandelion greens into a slightly more assertive pesto. 

Get the recipe for Bobby Flay’s dandelion greens pesto:

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Dandelion Greens Pesto

  • Author: Misfits Market


  • 1 bunch dandelion greens, leaves only, fibrous ribs removed
  • ½ cup fresh basil
  • 23 garlic cloves, depending on their size
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Blanch the dandelion leaves in boiling, salted water for 30 seconds or so. Remove and immediately immerse in ice water to stop the cooking process. Remove the dandelion leaves from the water and squeeze out as much water as you can. You should have roughly ¼ cup of blanched dandelion greens.
  2. Add the blanched dandelion leaves, basil, garlic cloves, pine nuts, and Parmesan to a food processor and pulse until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream and process until smooth and incorporated.
  4. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week.

Hungry for more? Try one of our other favorite pesto recipes:

Simple Green Pesto with Arugula

Creamy Spinach Pesto with White Beans

Zesty Jalapeño Pesto Pasta with Zucchini and Corn

Bobby Flay’s Kale Stem Pesto