Salad Leaves & Pistachio Sauce with Gnocchi

Blanched gnocchi tossed in a quick, creamy and lemony green sauce using salad leaves, dill, basil, lemon, parmesan/vegan parmesan, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and delicious pistachios. It’s a really special, indulgent dish that is quite simple to pull together.


  • No salad leaves? Use spinach or more fresh herbs instead. 
  • No gnocchi? Try with pasta or tender cooked potatoes instead. 
  • No pistachios? Use walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds or pine nuts instead. 
  • Vegan? Use vegan parmesan alternative or nutritional yeast instead. Use vegan butter or simply olive oil instead of the butter. 
  • No lemon? Try with lime instead.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Servings: 2


500 g Gnocchi

50 g Salad leaves

25 g Basil leaves

10 g Dill

40 g Pistachios

30 g Parmesan (or vegan parmesan )

2 Garlic cloves

1 Lemon (zested and juiced )

90 ml extra virgin olive oil

60 g Unsalted butter (or vegan butter )

Salt & pepper


  1. Bring a large saucepan filled with water to the boil. Add a generous pinch of salt and cook the gnocchi following the packaging instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Combine the salad leaves, basil, dill, pistachios, parmesan,  garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil in a food processor. Pulse until roughly chopped. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the butter to a large frying pan and place on a medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the gnocchi and mix well to coat. Turn off the heat and add the salad leaves pesto. Mix well and divide into plates. Enjoy!
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How to store

Store in an airtight container, in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.


Toss any leftover sauce in cooked pasta or tender cooked potatoes.

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