This flavorful Spinach Pesto is made with almonds and feta cheese. With its coarse texture, this pesto also makes a fantastic dip.
Oh my, I can barely tear myself away from this stuff!
This isn't your usual pesto. This one is made with spinach, almonds and feta cheese. Because of it's coarse texture it makes a fantastic dip or spread. And I am only just starting to discover all its versatile uses.
My aunt in Germany called me and told me I have to make this for my blog. A friend of hers had made it and she became instantly addicted.
(This is not the first time my aunt has made fantastic recipe-suggestions for my blog. These mini salmon quiches were inspired by her as well.)
Authentic Spinach Pesto Recipe from Germany
I didn't get a detailed recipe (because she didn't have one). Instead, my aunt just dictated to me which ingredients her friend had used and left it up to me to figure out the measurements. This is what I came up with, and it is amazing!
In the German original, wild garlic (ramsons) makes up the green part of the pesto. A little research showed that my chances of finding wild garlic in the dry prairies around Calgary were pretty much nil. While wild garlic is widespread throughout Europe, in Canada it seems to be limited to the more humid provinces in the East.
Unlike regular garlic, with wild garlic it is the green leaves that are frequently used for cooking. They have a milder, very aromatic garlic taste. But even in places where wild garlic grows, its season is very short (I believe it may just have ended). Usually, it is one of the first things that shoots up in early spring.
Spinach Pesto That's Perfect for Spreads and Appetizers
So for the rest of the year (or if you can't access wild garlic, like me), baby spinach with a few added garlic cloves takes the place of wild garlic in this pesto. I am sure it is not exactly the same, but it makes a good stand-in.
I've been dipping this pesto all day crostini-style with small rounds of toasted bread. This is probably very nontraditional, but I even spread it on the end crust of pizza slices. You know, that dry part that usually stays without any toppings. Yeah. Delicious.
I can totally see making myself an amazing sandwich spread with this pesto. And over the weekend I plan to experiment with this spinach pesto's suitability to dress up simple pasta. I'll keep you updated whether or not it goes well.
I made the pasta and it is delicious! Try this 20-Minute Pesto Chicken Pasta or this gluten-free version of Pesto Chicken Pasta.
Spinach Pesto with Almonds and Feta
- ~3 cups baby spinach
- 2 garlic cloves
- ⅓ cup almonds
- ⅓ cup light feta cheese
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- freshly ground black pepper
- Place the almonds and garlic in a food processor and whirl until the nuts are coarsely chopped.
- Add spinach, feta, olive oil and black pepper and pulse into a coarse pesto texture.
- Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Other Appetizer Recipes
If you like this pesto, then check out these similar recipes!
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Instead of feta, could I use tofu? Not a fan of cheese.
I have no idea. That thought never crossed my mind, but it might actually work
Recipe looks great, a good alternative to traditional basil pesto! Would you suggest toasting the nuts before blending up? Just wondering if that step is needed or if it is fine without toasting
I have used them untoasted, but I am sure toasted nuts would be amazing too
I made this for my tween and teenaged daughter's! They are picky eater's who lean towards healthy vegetation cuisines! I combined it with fettuccine noodles with a side of roasted asparagus! Not only did they LOVE it, but my older teen invited a couple of friends over because it yielded such a large quantity! Plus, I have leftovers!
This recipe is a WINNER
( I had to use a blender due to misplacing processor blade, but it works if you need! Just make in smaller batches as needed)
Oh my, getting a picky eater's vote is the ultimate compliment for a recipe! I am so happy your daughters enjoyed this and good to know you could even make this in a blender.
Made this tonight and it is awesome!!
Thank you for your feedback John. I've just made 2 batches again in the last few weeks. We love it!
This was simply amazing! I just paired it up with tomatoes and goat cheese on a pizza crust and it was delicious! I will definitely make the pesto again!
Ahhh, pesto pizza is the best! Your wonderful comment makes my day 🙂
I love the spinach almond combo and the color is simply amazing! It will be in my spinach round up and in my fridge soon too 🙂 thank you.
Thank you so much Carine! This is definitely one of my most favorite pesto recipes. Thanks for including it on your site 🙂
Jacquee | I Sugar Coat It!
Perfect for snacking and your photos look deeelicious!
Thank you very much Jacquee. Wish I had some left to snack on right now 😉
Perfect for when hosting a dinner party...great appetizer and as you say, so many options. Also wonderful for just making and having all to yourself when the need arises 🙂
Great summary Paula! And I totally made that my snack of choice while it was around 😉