How To Make Wild Rocket Pesto

Do you love the taste of fresh, green pesto? Then you’ll love this wild rocket pesto recipe. It’s easy to make and tastes great on pasta, sandwiches, or even just as a dip. So why not give it a try today?

wild rocket pesto recipe

What can you do with lots of Rocket?

Besides adding it to your salads, you can make a really good pesto with it. Just take some wild rocket leaves, garlic, olive oil, cheese, and pine nuts and blend them all together in a food processor. It’s that easy. You can also add a little bit of lemon juice if you want to brighten up the flavour. It’s a great alternative to Basil Pesto.


Rocket pesto recipe

Using a mini chopper or pestle and mortar grind the garlic and salt together. Add the pine nuts until broken down. Add the rocket and mix again. Finally, add the cheese and mix thoroughly. Once you are happy with the texture gradually add the olive oil and mix really well.

How to make rocket pesto less bitter

The first thing you can do to make rocket pesto less bitter is to add a little bit of sweetness. This can be in the form of honey, sugar, or even fruit juice. Another way to tone down the bitterness is to add some acidity. This can be in the form of vinegar, lemon juice, or any other type

Personally, I would add more cheese to make it less bitter and a touch more salt but with this recipe, you will find it’s just right and no extra ingredients are needed.

What nuts go with Rocket pesto?

I think most kinds of nuts would go well with Rocket pesto. You could try toasted pine nuts (as in the recipe), walnuts (2nd best option), cashews or almonds, depending on what you have available in your kitchen and what you prefer. The more crunchy the nut is, the better it will work with the pesto. I like pine nuts because they have a slightly sweet taste that goes well with the bitterness of the rocket.

If you want to experiment, you could also try other types of nuts, such as hazelnuts or pecans. Just make sure that they are finely chopped so that they don’t overpower the pesto. You could also add some cheese to the pesto if you want to make it more rich and creamy. Parmesan would be a good option, but you could also use other types of cheese, such as feta or goat cheese. Enjoy!

Can you freeze pesto?

The simple answer is yes. I had loads of Rocket growing in the garden so I made a big batch of the stuff. I put just enough in the freezer bags for a family-size portion to go with a pasta dish.

How to store pesto when made

The pesto can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days so plenty of time to prepare your meals!

freezable rocket pesto

What goes with Rocket Pesto?

You can use it on pasta, chicken, fish, or vegetables. Here are some recipes to get you started.

  • -Penne with Rocket Pesto and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
  • -Grilled Salmon with Rocket Pesto
  • -Chicken Breast with Rocket Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • -Zucchini Noodles with Rocket Pesto and Parmesan Cheese
  • -Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Rocket Pesto
  • -Cauliflower Rice with Rocket Pesto and Fried Egg
  • -Rocket Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms
  • -On top of a Pizza
  • -In a risotto

There are endless possibilities when it comes to using Rocket Pesto in your recipes. Whether you’re looking for something simple or a more complex dish, this versatile ingredient pairs well with just about anything. So get creative and enjoy!

How to make vegan Rocket Pesto

When most people think of pesto, they think of a greasy, creamy sauce made with Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. It’s very easy to make this vegan just replace the Parmesan cheese with a vegan variety.

Rocket Pesto ingredients

You will need:

1 Clove of Garlic

1/4 tsp Salt

40g Pine Nuts (you could use Walnuts as an alternative)

90g Wild Rocket

90g Parmesan Cheese or vegan cheese (grated)

190ml Virgin Olive Oil

Tools to make Pesto

I used a mini chopper to make the pesto but if you haven’t got one you can use a Pestle and Mortar.

wild rocket pesto recipe

Wild Rocket Pesto Recipe

A creamy, peppery flavoured rocket pesto.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Cuisine British
Servings 6
Calories 388 kcal


  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 40 g Pine Nuts
  • 90 g Wild Rocket
  • 90 g Parmesan Cheese (or cheese of choice)
  • 190 ml Virgin Olive Oil


  • Using your mini chopper mix the garlic and salt. Add the pine nuts and continue until broken down. Add the rocket and mix to a paste. Finally add the cheese and mix again.
    1 Clove of Garlic, ¼ tsp Salt, 40 g Pine Nuts, 90 g Wild Rocket, 90 g Parmesan Cheese
  • Gradually add the olive oil and mix well.
    190 ml Virgin Olive Oil
  • Toss through freshly cooked pasta or freeze for another day.
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If you haven’t got a mini chopper use a Pestle and Mortar.


Serving: 6gCalories: 388kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 7gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 342mgPotassium: 110mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 475IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 203mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Rocket pesto
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