Basil and Leafy Greens Power Pesto Print 1 LikeDislike By Sarah Pesto is a great tool. It’s versatile, and so adaptable to any palate and dish. For this one, I kept to my standard ingredients of garlic, basil, olive oil and Parmesan cheese, and then added in some kale and Swiss chard from the garden. I have an overflow of these veggies, and need another use besides smoothies!And that brings me to my next point – the nutrition powerhouses that are in this dish alone. We are talking major antioxidants (leafy greens, parsley and basil), antiviral components (basil and garlic especially) and a multitude of vitamins and minerals. Just eating this, I feel like I killed thousands of germs even thinking about getting me! So, with school starting, this is an excellent dish to have on hand!