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Swiss Chard and Basil Pesto

Total time: 25 min Active time: 25 min Yield: about


¼ cup olive oil, divided

5-6 leaves Swiss chard, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup basil leaves, packed

½ cup pecans

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon lemon juice

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir the chard and garlic in the hot oil until chard leaves have wilted, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

  2. Process the basil, pecans, salt, Parmesan cheese, and remaining olive oil in a food processor until all ingredients are mixed well. Add the chard mixture and the lemon juice to the food processor; continue chopping until the mixture is pureed. Season with salt and pepper.

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