I’ve created a delicious, healthy pesto recipe from the weeds in my backyard…and a few little extras from the pantry. 

Henry David Thoreau said. “A weed is simply a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”

In Return to Food, I say ‘A superfood is simply a plant whose virtues have been discovered’ and dandelions are both a weed and superfood.

As you’ll learn every part of this plant is edible and has nutritional benefits. 

In today’s Sweet Freedom Sunday, I’ve created a pesto from the dandelions in my backyard. 

Now you can use all kinds of leafy herbs for this.

I’d love to see a picture of your version in the Sweet Freedom Facebook page.

Love and hugs,


p.s. Visual warning, the recipe video on our youtube channel has me au naturel, sans makeup, hairy scary sherry and  dressed in what looks like a crazy moo moo. You’ve been warned. At least I’ve spared you from the singing.

Healthy Dandelion Pesto Recipe

? Ingredients ?


  • 2-3 Cups Shredded Dandelion Greens.
  • Small bunch of Fresh Thyme
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 tsp Dried Chili Flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbsp Sea Salt

? Instructions ?

Place ingredients into a food processor and blend.

Slowly add more Olive Oil to until the pesto reaches your desired consistency.

Serves with your favourite vegetables or as part of a salad.


This healthy dandelion pesto recipe is a great way to make use of an underutilised ingredient and add some delicious nourishment into your world.

Finally, feel free to post your finished result in the Facebook Group!


Post your version of our dandelion pesto to instagram with the hashtag #sweetfreedomlife