Parsley and walnut pesto

There are those kinds of dishes and food which I consider entirely healthy. Things which consists only of ingredients with full nutritional value and are prepared in a proper way. Pesto is definitely one of those things.

It is traditionally made of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil, salt and a special kind of a cheese. However, my vegan version is made of parsley and walnuts and of course I didn’t add any cheese. Still it is really tasty, especially because roasted walnuts are sooo fragrant.

Unfortunately, I don’t have mortar and pestle (hopefully I’ll get one soon), so I had to prepare my pesto using just a blender.


  • 4 cups parsley
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 100g walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • black pepper
First wash and drain parsley, tear off the leaves and put into a tall container. Add around 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil and chopped garlic. Blend until smooth, gradually adding more olive oil. Roast chopped walnuts on a hot pan for around 2-3 minutes. Add walnuts, salt and freshly ground black pepper to pesto and blend.

Next, place pesto in a hermetic glass jar. You can pour some olive oil on top. Store in a fridge.

You can eat pesto with pasta or use it as a bread spread. You can also add it to salads or use in many other ways.