Wild garlic is literally my most favourite ingredient this time of year. Its growing season is so short that our fridge is always stocked up with a wild garlic pesto throughout spring. The pungent leaf is so versatile that it can be used to stir through a risotto, put in a salad or soup or simply popped in a toastie! My favourite way with wild garlic is – pesto. No contest.

This vegan wild garlic pesto recipe is so simple and yummy that all the family can enjoy it.
My wild garlic recipe is:

  • nut free
  • dairy free (yet tastes pretty cheesy!)
  • uses minimal oil (which can be omitted altogether)
  • is very versatile
  • can be frozen


You can use the pesto to dress up a simple salad, to stir in through pasta/veggie noodles or to spread it on to crusty bread and top with chopped tomatoes to make a bruschetta with a twist.


100g wild garlic leaves
½ cup sunflower seeds
Juice of 1 lemon
4 tbsp. nutritional yeast
¼ cup water
¼ cup olive oil (or substitute for more water for a slightly more sauce like consistency)
Fresh chilli (optional)
Salt and optional chilli flakes to taste


Blend all of the ingredients on a high-speed blender. Enjoy!