Moringa Basil Walnut Pesto

An exciting savoury superfood version of a traditional Italian pesto recipe where basil and moringa combine to make a raw, summery and delightful pesto spread that goes beautifully with homemade pizza or with salads.

Indulge in this pesto any way you can think of, because moringa is an African miracle food which contains more calcium than milk, more magnesium than eggs, more potassium than bananas and more iron than spinach, a complete protein and all essential amino acids as well as powerful antioxidants. Now that’s one delicious natural multivitamin we want to be devouring.

Add to that sweet, fresh summery basil, crunchy walnuts, crisp extra virgin olive oil and a distinct sprinkle of homemade parmesan and you have one uniquely irresistible spread that is worthy of serving to your mother in law.

Makes 3/4 of a cup


  • Fresh basil leaves – 2  cups
  • Toasted walnuts – 1/3 cup
  • Finely shaved parmesan – 2/3 cup
  • Raw garlic – 2 large cloves
  • Fresh Moringa leaves – 1/2 cup
  • Extra virgin olive oil – 4 Tbsp adjust to desired texture or consistency
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • Pink Himalayan salt to taste


  1. Place half the basil leaves and all the garlic cloves, cheese, and walnuts into a high speed blender or food processor.
  2. Blend continuously until finely chopped and mixed.
  3. Add in the fresh Moringa leaves and the rest of the basil leaves. Blend until well mixed.
  4. Drizzle in Olive oil while blending. Adjust to desired consistency. (Note: More olive oil will produce a thinner pesto that works well for sauces. Less will produce pesto better for spreading.)
  5. Add the lime juice and salt, and adjust ingredients to taste if needed.

Enjoy in whatever way you prefer: crusty bread spread, salad dressings, pasta/pizza sauce….

Pesto is visually most vibrant immediately following preparation as it does darken with oxidation over time. When storing, cover with a bit of EVOO in a small airtight container in the refrigerator. Moringa Pesto also freezes well for up to 6 months. You can purchase Earthtribe Organic Moringa Here 🙂 Enjoy

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