• 4 cups nasturtium leaves
  • 1 cup nasturtium flowers
  • 1/2 C. olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup roasted walnuts
  • 1 cup yellow sweet bell pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • (optional: 1 cup. Parmesan)

Nasturtiums are an edible trailing flower in vibrant colors of yellow, orange, and red. They grow and re-seed very well in my front yard garden, so I’ve had them available for years. The flowers taste a bit peppery, similar to arugula, so I have always used them in green salads and to top potato salads. They add a “wow” factor! For the first time this year, I decided to also try using the green leaves in my cooking. Great success! I highly recommend you try using your nasturtium leaves, if you haven’t already.

First I made a pesto. (See ingredients at top of page). Put all ingredients into a large food processor and blend for about 1 minute, or until evenly pureed. Add more oil as needed to smooth it out.

This pesto is great with noodles, or on a savory toast like bruschetta.

Since I was attending a barter the next day, I decided to make several other items with my nasturtium leaf pesto, for variety.

I divided my pesto into 1/2 cup portions.

I made a cream cheese spread with some of it. I added two 8 ounce rectangles of cream cheese to my food processor and then added back 1/2 cup of pesto and a few small yellow bell peppers. Puree. This was delicious over crackers.

Lastly I made a butter spread. I added two 1/2 cup sticks of real butter, 1/2 cup pesto, and a few small red sweet peppers. Puree. This was marvelous over rice and would also be good with noodles, or any other cooked grain, or over bread/toast.

The rest of the pesto I put into two small jars.

I offered samples at the barter I attended and these items were all spoken for within minutes. They were spicy, unique, and beautiful.




I roast all of my walnuts. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, let cool. Yum.






Nasturtium Pesto Cream Cheese Spread


Decorate the cream cheese with flowers and leaves and wrap in wax paper if giving as a gift.




Decorate Nasturtium Pesto Butter before wrapping in wax paper.


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Here I am at the bartering event. I also made a lovely bright Nasturtium and Bell Pepper dipping sauce. (recipe will be in a separate blog post).