Parsley 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: 4Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 10 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • ⅓ cup fresh walnuts
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups parsley leaves
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaf
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp. sea salt


  • Add the walnuts to the grinding bowl of a mortar and pestle or processor; grind to a pulp. Add garlic to grinding bowl or processor; continue to grind. Add parsley and basil in batches, along with a 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.