Spinach Almond Pesto

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This spinach almond pesto only takes a few minutes to put together. This is a delicious and healthy paste that adds a ton of flavor to any sandwich. It’s also a great way to preserve spinach!


I have to admit that I have a love-hate relationship with spinach… For some unexplained reason, it’s not so easy for me to grow it in my garden. I am honest when I say that I really don’t know exactly why. Sometimes, I seem to plant it too close together, other times too far apart. Sometimes the weather is too hot for it here in the South and sometimes it just doesn’t like the humidity…

However, even though it might be challenging to find a way to satisfy this crop and make it take off in the garden, the effort is well worth it. Popeye wasn’t wrong… There is something about spinach that makes you feel so much stronger after eating a good serving of it!

Spinach Almond Pesto Recipe…

spinach almond recipe ready for serving

So I go the extra mile (most years). Sometimes I start my spinach indoors and sometimes I direct seed it. Sometimes I get a whole lot of it and sometimes it’s a sorry looking garden bed. I guess this is just how gardening goes… But let me tell you, when I am able to harvest my own spinach I’m on cloud nine because it tastes so good and takes every salad to the next level.

Now, if you are a homesteader and you harvest your own spinach, or if you simply love spinach and buy a lot of it at the market, this spinach almond pesto is a great recipe to have and also a great way to preserve some of your spinach.

Ways to Preserve Spinach…

  • Freeze – I love freezing some of my spinach so I can use it later in soups or casseroles. Here is a short video on how to freeze spinach.
  • Veggie patties – hands down my favorite vegetarian dish! Here is the printatable recipe and here is the video. Make a batch of these and freeze them for later.
  • Spinach pesto – I consider this a way to preserve spinach because its freezes very well. More on this below!
ingredients for spinach almond pesto

Ingredients…

  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Almond flour or 1/4 cup of nuts of your choice (more on this below)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Olive oil

Kitchen Tools…

How to Make Spinach Almond Pesto…

adding all of the ingredients to the bowl of the food processor

Step one – add ingredients to the processor. Add the spinach, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, almond flour (or nuts of your choice), and a little bit of olive oil to the food processor. Turn the food processor on and as it’s working add more olive oil until the paste reaches your desired consistency.

spinach pesto processing in the food processor

Step two – correct seasonings and process. Stop the food processor and open the lid. With a spoon, scrape the sides and bottom of the food processor. This is a great time to taste your spinach pesto and correct seasonings, it is also a great time to check the consistency of the pesto. Close the food processor and turn it on again. If you feel like your pesto is too thick, this is the time to add a little bit more oil.

How to Store Spinach Pesto…

  • In the fridge – once your pesto is ready, transfer it to a plastic container or a jar and store in the fridge. It should stay green and fresh and beautiful for a few weeks in the fridge. 
  • In the freezer – transfer your pesto to a freezer container and freeze. Some people like to scoop a couple of tablespoons into an ice cube tray, freeze, and then store the pesto cubes in a ziplock bag. If you do it this way, you can thaw one block at a time. Spinach almond pesto should last in the freezer for at least a year.   

How to Serve Spinach Almond Pesto…

  • As a spread – we often spread it on homemade bread, or on crackers. Add a slice of homemade feta cheese or raw milk goat cheese on top of it, a slice of tomato and you have yourself the best breakfast ever. 
  • As a pizza topping – I often use it to make pesto pizza. Make your own pizza dough, spread the pesto on it instead of tomato sauce, crumble your favorite cheese on it, and add your toppings. Then bake to perfection and enjoy. I venture out and say that I’ll take this kind of pizza over any tomato pizza any day!
  • As sauce – spinach pesto goes really well with almost any fish dish. If you fry your fish, add it on top when serving as a sauce. If you bake your fish, spread it on your fish before placing it in the oven. 
  • As pasta sauce – another idea is using it as a pasta sauce. You can add it as seasonings to an Alfredo sauce to make something like an Alfredo pesto sauce or just use it right on top of pasta as it is. Seasoning a cold pasta salad with it is another idea. 
spinach almond pesto in a jar

Frequently Asked Questions…

What other nuts I can use?

I love using almonds in my pesto recipes simply because almonds are affordable and delicious. However, feel free to use any kind of nut. Pine nuts will work well, walnuts work too, and cashews can work… Try something different each time. You can also mix a couple of different kinds of nuts.

Can I replace the Parmesan with another cheese?

Sometimes I replace the Parmesan with Asiago cheese. Any hard cheese should work.

Does spinach almond pesto oxidize?

No, it doesn’t. Spinach pesto doesn’t oxidize like basil pesto. Even when you leave it exposed to air it stays green and doesn’t turn brown.

Can I double or triple this recipe?

Definitely! This recipe makes about two cups of pesto. Feel free to double it if your food processor is large and strong enough to handle it.


This recipe is simple and quick and spinach almond pesto is a great ingredient to have in the fridge. It truly is a spread that adds a whole lot of flavor to anything you add it to or on top. I hope that you’ll give it a try!

More Delicious Recipes…

Spinach Almond Pesto

Spinach Almond Pesto

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Delicious, healthy, and easy to make spinach almond pesto.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (or nuts of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup of olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add the spinach, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, almond flour (or nuts of your choice), and a little bit of olive oil to the food processor. Turn the food processor on and as it’s working add more olive oil until the paste reaches your desired consistency.
  2. Stop the food processor and open the lid. With a spoon, scrape the sides and bottom of the food processor. This is a great time to taste your spinach pesto and correct seasonings, it is also a great time to check the consistency of the pesto. Close the food processor and turn it on again. If you feel like your pesto is too thick, this is the time to add a little bit more oil.
  3. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge (should last a few weeks) or freeze.

Notes

Frequently Asked Questions...

  1. What other nuts I can use?
    I love using almonds in my pesto recipes simply because almonds are affordable and delicious. However, feel free to use any kind of nut. Pine nuts will work well, walnuts work too, and cashews can work… Try something different each time. You can also mix a couple of different kinds of nuts.
  2. Can I replace the Parmesan with another cheese?
    Sometimes I replace the Parmesan with Asiago cheese. Any hard cheese should work.
  3. Does spinach almond pesto oxidize?
    No, it doesn’t. Spinach pesto doesn’t oxidize like basil pesto. Even when you leave it exposed to air it stays green and doesn’t turn brown.
  4. Can I double or triple this recipe?
    Definitely! This recipe makes about two cups of pesto. Feel free to double it if your food processor is large and strong enough to handle it.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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