Spinach Pesto Shrimp Skewers

Healthy Balance Quick and Easy Whole30

Spinach Pesto Shrimp Swekers

I love pesto! It’s great on pasta, great on sandwiches, great on meat! I’ve found that blending it with vegetables is a great way to get that pesto taste, without as many points!


Seafood, BBQ



Dish Type

Main Dish


10 to cook, plus 30 to marinate

 This recipe is

Whole 30          7 WW Freestyle Points

Gluten Free           Dairy Free           Nut free

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  • 6 oz pesto 
  • 3 oz fresh spinach 
  • 1 lbs. shrimp, peeled 
  • 1-pint tomatoes


  • Place spinach in food processor or blender. Add pesto and blend until smooth. 
  • Marinate shrimp in pesto for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat grill or broiler.
  • Place shrimp and tomatoes on skewers, grill or broil for five minutes.
 Ingredients for Spinach Pesto Shrimp Skewers
Pesto is easy to make.  I mean, really easy to make.  Pesto is basically olive oil, pine nuts, basil, and garlic blended together.  I had planned on making my own, but I was having basil issues this week.  The first grocery I shopped at was sold out.  Guess I wasn’t the only one making pesto this week.  I stopped at a second store, and the basil didn’t look that great.  I decided rather than roll the dice and try a third store, I’d just buy a jar of pesto. 
I have since learned that my neighbor has two flourishing basil plants that I am welcomed to if I have basil issues again.  I will attempt to not abuse this privilege, or at least pay her back in fresh pesto. 
 Pesto and Spinach in blender
This recipe calls for spinach pesto.  What is spinach pesto?  Pesto with spinach added in.  Why would I want to add spinach to my pesto?  Well, for one, it’s actually tastes pretty good.  The other is for anyone that loves pesto, but not such a big fan of the calories that it comes with.  After all, it is sort of doctored up olive oil.  Spinach adds some bulk, but that pesto flavor still come through. 
To make your spinach pesto, just place the spinach in a food processor or blender.  Add pesto and blend until smooth.  If you have a small blender or food processor (I used a nutrabullet) you can add spinach after you start blending, if it doesn’t all fit at once. 
 Spinach Pesto
The pesto should have a thicker constancy and probably a brighter green color.  Now we want to let the shrimp marinate in it to soak up all that pesto goodness.  Place your shrimp in a ziplock bag or large bowl.  Cover with pesto and stir to combine.  Set the shrimp aside and let it marinate for at least half an hour. 
 Shrimp marinating in spinach pesto
So now we have a little down time.  If you’re using wooden skewers, now is a good time to place them in water and let them start to soak. 
It’s beautiful out here, and I am heading to the grill.  Believe it or not, I didn’t have a barbaque grill until I got married.  I lived in a condo and grills were a no-no (fire hazard).  My husband and I got one as a house warming gift when we bought a house shortly before we got married.  I figured that I would leave the grilling to him, but I’m not sure he even knows where the grill tools are at this point! 
If you do not have a grill, or just don’t want to grill (hey, we get rain here too) you can always broil your skewers.  Oh, don’t have skewers?  You can use a grill basket for the grill or a sheet pan for the oven.
 Skewers ready for the grill
Take your shrimp, your tomatoes, and your skewers.  Alternate shrimp and tomatoes on the skewers.  Place the skewers on the grill or under the broiler. These don’t too long at all to cook up, probably only about 5 minutes. 
 Shrimp Pesto Skewers sitting on a bed of zoodles
Remove from grill or oven and serve hot.  I personally like these with a little light pasta or zoodles. 


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 Nutritional Information for Spinach Pesto Shrimp Skewers.  Per serving: 341 calories, 20 grams fat, 8.7 grams carbohydrates, 2.2 grams fiber, 31.3 grams protein


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  • Amy Chung on

    I absolutely love pesto but I just wished pine nuts weren’t so expensive! Love the idea of using spinach and my family lobe shrimp too.

  • Jere Cassidy on

    Great idea to use spinach. I have had the same basil problem as you. I may have to start growing my own.

  • Sula on

    These look great! Adding spinach to the pesto is so simple but makes so much sense.

  • Brynn McDowell on

    Blending the pesto with vegetables is such a great idea! This dish looks amazing and I’m definitely saving this recipe to make later.

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