Grilled Mushrooms with Spinach & Kale Pesto

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So back to my recipe; my grilled mushrooms with spinach pesto. Super tasty, healthy and of course simple to make. Great as a light dinner with a big salad or served on some of my celeriac mash, cauliflower or broccoli rice as a starter.

Yum! I’m a massive mushroom fan and marinating them in this simple dressing adds tons of flavour. Topped with some of my favourite plant based pesto I think it’s a delicious combination of flavours. I really hope you enjoy, love Niki xx



Grilled Mushrooms with Spinach & Kale Pesto

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  2 servings
  1 hour preparation time
  10 minutes cook time


  • For the mushrooms;
  • 4 portobello mushrooms cleaned
  • Marinade ingredients;
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • Twist black pepper
  • For the spinach pesto 
  • 2 big handfuls organic spinach
  • Big Handful organic kale
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Twist black pepper
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Toppings;
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts


  • Add all the marinade ingredients to a jar, replace the lid and shake to combine.
  • Pop the cleaned mushrooms into a tub and pour the marinade over the mushrooms. Let them sit for at least an hour.Pre-heat your grill to hot and then place foil on top of the baking tray and then add your mushrooms. Grill for 10 minutes.

To make the pesto;

  • Add all the ingredients to your food processor or high speed blender and blitz until everything is combined to the texture you prefer. You may need to scrape the sides down a few times.
  • Finally top the mushrooms with the pesto and toasted pine nuts.
  • Great with salad or on bed of veggie mash.

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