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


  • 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


  • 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.