Chive Pesto

June 25, 2013

Author Notes:

Wanting to use my plentiful chives for more than garnish I made this Chive Pesto in just a few minutes following the technique for most pestos. I discovered the chive taste became more pronounced in the pesto than as an addition to salads and eggs in it's pure form. I also used Cotija Parmesan because it saved me a trip to the store. I am now dolloping it on BBQ Chicken Pizza right after it comes out of the hot oven and loving it mixed with good quality mayonnaise and a tad of plain Greek yogurt as a sandwich spread.

Kate's Kitchen

Makes: 1 cup


  • 2 cups chopped onion chives
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup Cotija parmesan (Mexican parmesan) or Italian parm
  • 1 plump garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 juicy lemon squeezed without seeds
In This Recipe


  1. Chop chives and add to bowl of food processor. Add all the other ingredients except the olive oil and whirl it up until chopped and mixed well.
  2. Slowly add the olive oil down the tube while the processor is on and whirl until it is pesto like consistency. I squeezed about 1/2 lemon into the mixture which seemed to brightened it and then gave it another spin until mixed well.
  3. If you prefer a more loose pesto, add more olive oil a tablespoon at a time (as described in step 2) until you get the consistency you like.

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Reviews (4) Questions (0)

4 Reviews

susan G. June 27, 2013
I've always wondered why chives didn't release more flavor. Now that I'm growing them, I'm happy to see that you've found a solution!
Author Comment
Kate's K. June 27, 2013
Yes, I wondered what all the fuss was about :-) More concentrated flavor with the pesto.
JanetFL June 25, 2013
Your recipe came to my rescue! I have an over-abundance of chives and will now be putting them to good use. Thank you!
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Kate's K. June 25, 2013
I felt the same way! ~ Hope you enjoy it JanetFL