I hope this walnut and parsley version serves as a reminder that 'pesto' is not a recipe, but a technique. The buttery walnuts temper the fire of the mashed garlic and pair beautifully with the aromatic, bittersweet parsley. Use on toasted bread, pizza or pasta, or on roasted chicken--it's that versatile!

Recipe Summary

Servings:
8
Yield:
1 cup
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place garlic and salt in a mortar; smash and mash with the pestle until it becomes a paste, 5 to 8 minutes. Add walnuts; mash walnuts into a paste until you reach your desired texture (coarse or smoother), another 5 to 8 minutes. Add parsley and mash to break up and blend with the walnut/garlic mixture, about 4 minutes. Add lemon juice and olive oil; stir, mash, and emulsify liquids into the mixture until it becomes very thick and well blended, 8 to 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. If mixture seems too thick, whisk in a tablespoon of water, or as needed.

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  • Spread on bread, use on pizza or pasta, or on roasted chicken. The taste is just like garlic butter, so use it as such.

Nutrition Facts

85 calories; protein 1.4g 3% DV; carbohydrates 2.4g 1% DV; fat 8.3g 13% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 77.6mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
04/27/2016
Very good! I have to admit that I cheated...I do not own a mortar and pestle so I had to improvise by using my chopper which of course worked out great. My lemon was super juicy so I would do 1/2 the lemon next time taste it and then add from there as needed. This IS super versatile! So far I've used this as a dipping sauce for veggies and pita bread(YUM!) and as a spread on my turkey sandwich. I could totally see using this on grilled chicken or even roasted corn on the cob. I also like that this didn't make a ton so it was the perfect amount for us. I will be making this again for sure! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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7 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
04/27/2016
Very good! I have to admit that I cheated...I do not own a mortar and pestle so I had to improvise by using my chopper which of course worked out great. My lemon was super juicy so I would do 1/2 the lemon next time taste it and then add from there as needed. This IS super versatile! So far I've used this as a dipping sauce for veggies and pita bread(YUM!) and as a spread on my turkey sandwich. I could totally see using this on grilled chicken or even roasted corn on the cob. I also like that this didn't make a ton so it was the perfect amount for us. I will be making this again for sure! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2018
Thought it was really good....substituting 1/2 basil for half of the parsley. Perfect! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/15/2018
I liked this pesto. It definitely goes with any grilled or seared protein. The nutty flavor combined with the regular parsley was an interesting and exotic flavor. I did not have Italian parsley at the moment still it came out great. I will definitely make it again to give any meat chicken or fish a restaurant quality flavor! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2020
Loved it! Must confess, I doubled the amount of walnuts, which I rinsed a couple of times to remove any bitterness, used an equal amount of chopped parsley stems, 2 large garlic cloves, the zest of the lemon as well as the juice, olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt. Used my little cuisinart chopper/grinder which did a fine job! I tossed it on pasta as well as had it on some cold thinly sliced steak. Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2020
Excellent! Read More
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