Cauliflower and Sunflower Seed Pesto

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You'll never throw away your cauliflower leaves again after trying this pesto.

20 Minutes

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  • 1 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups of green cauliflower leaves
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  2. Spread the sunflower seeds onto a baking tray and toast in the oven until golden (about 7-10 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  3. Remove the green cauliflower leaves from the stalk.
  4. Blanch the leaves in boiling water for 90 seconds then refresh in a bowl of iced water. Drain well.
  5. Place the leaves, seeds, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic into a blender or food processor and puree to a smooth paste. Season with salt and pepper.
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