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Spinach Walnut Pesto

Prep Time5 mins
Course: Dip, Dressing, sauce
Keyword: Dressing, Easy Recipe, Gluten Free, pesto, Quick Recipes, sauce
Servings: 4 ounces


  • 2 -3 ounces spinach
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 -2 tbsp olive oil I use 1 1/2 it depends on how oily you like it
  • 1 - 2 tbsp water depends if you are using for a spread or as a sauce - add more for a sauce and less for a spread


  • Measure and place spinach, walnuts, parmesan cheese, garlic and salt in a food processor
  • Process until finely chopped
  • With processor on, slowly add olive oil through food chute
  • Last add warm water and process until blended


  1. I have tried making this in my vitamix as well and it works but just not as well as the food processor
  2. Adaptations:
    1. Spinach - Use Arugula, Kale or Parsley - all of these have a bit of a stronger taste
    2. Walnuts - Almonds or pine nuts work as well!
    3. Olive Oil - Is heart healthy and I like the hearty flavor it lends but if you happen to be out any neutral oil will work!  Avocado would be my next suggestion
    4. Parmesan - Romano works too!