Vegan Radish Leaf Pesto Recipe

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radish leaf pesto recipe

Radish Leaf Pesto Recipe

Are you looking for a great Radish Leaf Pesto recipe? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to show you how to prepare this yummy meal in under an hour.

Ital stew  is a vegan dish popular with the Rastafari movement, focusing on unprocessed foods and simple, delicate flavors.

Here, you can watch a Jamaican Rastaman Ital Stew Recipe tutorial video that will teach you how to prepare this delicious vegan stew.

Note: The Ital Stew Recipe in the video is different than the Rastavere recipe below.

Preparation: 20 min.
Cooking: 30 min.
Ready in: 50 min.


(Serves 4)

  • 2 large handfuls radish leaves (from about 10-11 radishes)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast (use a hard cheese, like Parmesan, if you prefer)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (plus some zest if you really like lemon)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup raw walnuts, halves or pieces
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper, to taste (use smoked salt if you have it)

How To Make It

Step 1

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, add more oil to thin as desired (I prefer to keep it thicke.

Step 2

Scrape down the sides and blend again.

Step 3

Use immediately. Store left over pesto for a few days in the fridge. You can also freeze it in an ice cube tray and then transfer the pesto cubes to a freezer bag for easy additions to soups, pastas, etc.

Recipe Notes

This sauce is delicious, however, you may need to tweak it to you liking. Adding more pine nuts, walnuts, or a combination of the two will give this pesto a nutty taste. In addition to that you can jazz up this  vegan radish pesto recipe by adding nutritional yeast to give this flavorful pesto a more traditional cheese-y flavor.

Lastly, let us know below how your pesto turned out. We loved to know how you customized it.

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