Asparagus And Chickpea Pesto

Asparagus And Chickpea Pesto


It’s been almost a year since I have been in Ohio and I must say so far it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have had the privilege to work in the community and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Today I was invited to attend a healthy eating expo in Columbus with It’s All Natural Health Food Store, where I do monthly cooking classes. I had the most lovely time where I met so many people, I shared with them about my blog, my cooking classes, my cookbook, my health coaching program. I got the opportunity to answer many questions about healthy lifestyle. There were many other vendors there, like Green Bean Delivery and Walmart. YesWalmart was there giving to everyone bananas, apples, and oranges. Apparently, they are increasing their selection of health foods, I knew they would not want to miss out on the latest rave about healthy living.


After spending time in the city I decided I wanted to make a quick and easy dish. This asparagus chickpeas and pesto was perfect for I knew I wanted to make some of my handmade soaps. For the pesto, I used a combination of parsley, basil, and cilantro. I also used almonds but you are welcome to use cashews, macadamia or pine nuts. I blanched the asparagus but roasting them would also be fine. To make it oil free, you can use vegetable broth instead of oil. This dish was perfect and I will definitely make it again soon.


  • 1 pound asparagus
  • 2 cups cooked or 1-15 ounce can chickpea, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
  • Sea salt to taste


Bring a large pot of water to boil on medium heat. Trim asparagus discarding tough ends, add them to boiling water for about a minute. Remove and drain water using a colander, rinse with cold water. Transfer asparagus into a large serving bowl, add chickpeas, tomatoes and set aside. Place almonds, cilantro, basil, parsley and garlic in a food processor. Process until mixture looks like crumbs. Add olive oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast flakes and salt. Process until fully combine. Mix pesto with vegetables until fully coated. Delicious served with a salad or a side dish.

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Jeff W
    November 10, 2019

    Wow, just made this pesto and it came out great. I wasn’t expecting much because the only fresh herb I had was parsley, so I used the whole bunch (and added some dry basil and cilantro). I also decided to roast the almonds because I was already using the oven. It was delicious!

    I actually found this searching for asparagus, chickpeas, parsley because that’s what was fresh in the fridge. Luckily I had tomatoes also.

  2. mack baysinger
    June 18, 2015

    super easy to make! took me less than 20 mins! thank you!

  3. Abigail
    May 6, 2015

    Our family loves Asparagus so we will all enjoy this delicious and healthy dish! Pinned.

  4. Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    May 6, 2015

    Wow I’m obsessed with chickpeas – love that you used them here!! Pesto is my favorite summer sauce!!

  5. Laura Kumin
    May 6, 2015

    I love the idea of using pesto on vegetables instead of pasta. And your pesto is just lovely, combining parsley, basil and cilantro.

  6. Kathy Hester
    May 6, 2015

    This is the perfect summer dinner!

  7. Christie
    May 6, 2015

    I actually went to High School in Columbus. I haven’t been back since we moved my senior year. The expo sounds like such fun and this pesto is amazing. Love seeing gorgeous asparagus recipes this time of year.

  8. Elizabeth
    May 6, 2015

    Pinning this for our next Meatless Monday, since local asparagus is just coming in. Can’t wait to try this one!

  9. Florian @ContentednessCooking
    May 6, 2015

    Pesto at its best, I mean anything with pesto is a winner! The combination with the asparagus is just perfect for summer.