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walnut pesto recipe

Walnut Pesto

  • Author: Adriana
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: ~1 cup
  • Category: Pesto Recipes
  • Method: Cold prep
  • Cuisine: Walnut Pesto


Walnut pesto is easy to make, delicious on a variety of meals, and easy to freeze for later use. This is one of our favorite pesto variations- we’re sure your family will love it as well. Enjoy this easy homemade walnut pesto recipe!


  • 2 cups basil, tightly packed
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, preferrably toasted
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast or 2 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or 1/3 for thinner consistency)


  1. Measure and add all ingredients to a food processor and puree until combined.
  2. You can toast the walnuts if you’d like to, this will increase the flavor of the walnuts!
  3. Before removing from the food processor, taste and adjust flavors as you see fit. 
  • Taste a little bland? Try adding more salt, pinch at a time.
  • Taste okay, but a little dull? Try adding more lemon juice, 1 teaspoon at a time.
  • Doesn’t taste cheesy enough? Add more nutritional yeast

     4. Remove from food processor or blender and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. 


** This walnut pesto freezes well! Freeze for up to 3 months, defrost in the fridge prior to using!

** Substitute other nut if you don’t have walnuts, almonds can easily be used!

Keywords: Walnut Pesto