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A photo of a bowl of vegan parsley walnut pesto with a spoon in it surrounded by a bulb of garlic, half a lemon, a bunch of parsley and walnuts on a table.

Vegan Parsley Walnut Pesto

This vegan parsley walnut pesto is a nice change from the traditional pesto and doesn't contain any cheese! Top it on pasta or any protein of your choosing to take your meal to the next level. Gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. 
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Course: Condiments, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Megan


  • 2 cups chopped parsley (about 50g from 1 bunch)
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts (roughly chopped (56g))
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup olive oil


  • In a food processor, combine parsley, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Pulse until combined.
  • Slowly drizzle in the oil until the mixture is smooth and reaches desired consistency (at least 1/2 cup up to 3/4 cup).
  • Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1264IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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