Parsley and Basil Pesto Sauce

Simple, easy, and surprisingly quick to make using a mortar and pestle. Spread this pesto on salmon fillets and allow to marinate 30 minutes before grilling; nothing else is needed. Serve over cooked pasta, on bread, as a pizza topping, with cooked vegetables, or even mixed into cooked brown rice.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup fresh walnuts
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups curly leaf parsley (no stems)
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaf
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt

Directions

  • Add the walnuts to the grinding bowl or processor; grind to a pulp.
  • Add garlic; continue to grind.
  • Add parsley and basil in batches, along with 1 tablespoon of oil; continue to grind.
  • As ingredients break down, continue to add oil and salt to mixture until you have a thick paste.
  • Adjust consistency by adding more oil to make a sauce that is not too thick yet not loose and runny.

Recipe Information

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup fresh walnuts
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups curly leaf parsley (no stems)
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaf
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt

Directions

  • Add the walnuts to the grinding bowl or processor; grind to a pulp.
  • Add garlic; continue to grind.
  • Add parsley and basil in batches, along with 1 tablespoon of oil; continue to grind.
  • As ingredients break down, continue to add oil and salt to mixture until you have a thick paste.
  • Adjust consistency by adding more oil to make a sauce that is not too thick yet not loose and runny.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories210
Total Fat22g
Saturated Fat3g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium210mg
Total Carbohydrate3g
Dietary Fiber1g
Sugars0g
Protein2g