Parsley Walnut Pesto

June 11, 2023mayurisjikoni
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Recipe: Parsley Walnut Pesto

Parsley Walnut Pesto is different from the traditional basil and pine nut pesto.  With a bit of peppery and earthy taste from the parsley, slight tang from the walnuts, this pesto is a pleasant change especially during winter time. Basil tends to disappear or is too expensive during winter. Parsley makes a good substitute. And most of us have walnuts in our fridge or pantry.

What Is Pesto?

Pesto is a green sauce typically made from fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and hard cheese like parmesan. Originating from Genoa, traditionally it is crushed in a mortar using a pestle. However, modern times make use of food processors, blenders, choppers, etc.

Some Pesto Recipes On My Blog

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Basil Pesto


How To Use Parsley Walnut Pesto

Pesto is a versatile sauce that can be used

  • as a dressing for salads. Love it especially when I make a pasta salad. Have you tried pesto with roasted potatoes and avocado?
  • as a base for sandwiches, my all time favourite is a caprese sandwich. Have you tried grilled sandwich with avocado and pesto?
  • as a sauce for pasta. Makes a delightful change from the usual tomato or white sauce.
  • with roasted chicken or grilled fish.
  • on pizza or flatbread.
  • as a dip. Tastes so good with pita chips, tomatoes, cucumber, etc
  • as a spread for breads. I love to use it as a filling for home baked breads. Check out my Braided Pesto Bread.


Sunday Funday Group

This week members are making homemade sauces. A theme suggested by Amy, I am sure we’re going to have a variety of them. My initial plan was to make homemade tomato ketchup which I use to make often when my kids were younger. But I was running short of time and also didn’t get the nice juicy roma tomatoes. They are still quite small and a bit hard.

Hubby bought a whole big bunch of flat parsley instead of cilantro (coriander)…again!  Parsley doesn’t go well with Indian Cooking and how much can I use in salads, soups and bakes. So pesto it was. And this time added some walnuts instead of pine nuts. Turned out super delicious if I may say so.


When my daughter was working in Bangalore, she preferred to carry hearty salads when she didn’t want to have the lunch provided at her workplace. I use to make different salad dressings at home for her to carry with the salad. Once I tried out parsley walnut pesto and she loved it. My best friend use to love it whenever I would a jar for her. When I was in Mombasa, getting fresh basil was a bit difficult and pine nuts frightfully expensive. Often I would use coriander or parsley to make the pesto.

first published on 25/06/2017

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Ingredients Required For Parsley Walnut Pesto

Fresh Parsley – I have used flat parsley. You can use the curly one too. Pluck the leaves and tender stalks. Don’t use the thicker stalks. Save them to prepare stock.

Walnuts – lightly roast them in a pan over low heat or in the microwave oven. Usually I roast it for a minute.

Olive Oil – use good quality virgin olive oil. Use enough olive oil so that the pesto stays fresh for a few more days.

Garlic – peel about 2-3 cloves of garlic. Best to use fresh garlic.

Hard Cheese – I have used parmesan. Use good quality parmesan for that cheesy taste.

Salt – use any salt. I have used normal iodized one.

Pepper – Black pepper crushed. Add according to your taste.



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Parsley Walnut Pesto is different from the traditional basil and pine nut pesto, with a bit of peppery and earthy taste from the parsley and a slight tang from the walnuts.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course condiment, dip
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 cup


  • 10-12 walnuts lightly roasted
  • 2 cups fresh parsley roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 20 g parmesan cheese about ¼ cup grated
  • 4-6 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper powder


  • Add all the ingredients into a food processor
  • Process the ingredients to a paste. Add more olive oil if required.
  • Whether you want the pesto a bit coarse or fine is up to you.
  • If you are using a sliced parmesan, chop it into smaller pieces before processing.
  • Store the pesto in a glass jar till required.
  • Top it with more olive oil if you want to.


  • Use either flat or curly parsley. I prefer flat as it does not have a very strong taste.
  • Adjust salt and pepper according to your taste.
  • Add more olive oil so that the pesto can stay fresh for a few more days in the fridge.
  • Make sure you roast the walnuts to bring out the flavour.
  • Use good quality olive oil and parmesan.
Keyword homemade pesto, parsley walnut pesto, pesto sauce recipe

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  • Jyoti Babel

    June 26, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Lovely salad. Bookmarking it.. I am sure the pesto makes the salad taste great

  • vaishali sabnani

    June 28, 2017 at 12:19 am

    I am fond of pesto as well as salads ! Combining the two would definitely be a treat .

  • Pavani N

    June 28, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Healthy and delicious salad. LOVE that pesto dressing.

  • Archana Potdar

    June 28, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Lovely salad. I do not like parsley but maybe because the 2 times I used it I used it like coriander. Will try again. Bookmarking it.

  • Harini R

    June 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Interesting ingredients for the pesto.

  • Priya Suresh

    July 3, 2017 at 6:40 am

    My kids will go crazy if they see this delicious pasta salad, thats a super flavourful pesto.

  • Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner

    July 6, 2017 at 10:04 am

    What more is needed for an ideal lunch.. Perfect!!

  • Chef Mireille

    July 12, 2017 at 4:36 am

    oh wow – what an awesome pesto!

  • Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

    July 16, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Parsely and walnut pesto sounds delicious. Definitely will give it a try. 🙂

  • Sapana Behl

    August 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Pasta salad with pesto sounds very flavorful.

  • Wendy Klik

    June 11, 2023 at 9:52 am

    I love the idea of using parsley instead of basil. I so often have parsley that needs to be used just languishing in the refrigerator. Now I know that I can use if for pesto. Yay.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 11, 2023 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks Wendy,I was a bit skeptical when I tried the recipe. But, we loved it. So yes, when I have extra parsley or hubby buys it instead of cilantro, I make pesto with it.

  • Stacy

    June 12, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    I love how accommodating and flexible pesto is! Truly a wonderful sauce.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 12, 2023 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks Stacy and I totally agree with you.

  • Amy’s Cooking Adventures

    June 12, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    this sounds so fresh and tasty!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 12, 2023 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks Amy. Give it a try.

  • Sneha Datar

    June 13, 2023 at 10:25 am

    Yummy! This looks amazing!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2023 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks Sneha.

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