lemon walnut pesto recipe

Lemon Walnut Pesto

Tomorrow is my birthday and the festivities have already begun! Last night my husband and the boys and I went out for dinner at our favorite local restaurant. At the end of the meal, my children wanted to order (and split) the Coffee Affogato –vanilla gelato drowned in a shot of espresso.

My husband and I pleasantly argued over the merits (none) and shortcomings (caffeine) of this dessert for several minutes while the children observed, amusedly. I was pro-affogato, my husband against. Given that I have tended to be the strict one in the house it was nice to be on the indulgent, lenient side of this debate, even though I lost. They had plain gelato which all-in-all was a delightful treat.

While my husband drove home (north), the boys and I took the long-cut on foot, south and strolled down by the creek. It was an excellent evening. Great fun with my favorite people. Tomorrow the festivities continue; we are having several families over for dinner to test out many new recipes that I have been working on this week. Here is what my email invitation said:

Date: Saturday, August 2nd
Time: 5:30
Where: My House
What: Bring children, bathing suits for them (we’ll have the sprinklers on), baseball mits (for catch)
Don’t: Bring food
No: Gifts Por Favor

So, as you see, we have big plans for tomorrow. I might even sweep the backyard; though probably not. Rather than cleaning, I imagine I’ll be working on more recipes. I’ve been cooking up a storm lately and having great fun in the kitchen. Below is the pesto recipe that I created for tomorrow’s bash.

Lemon Walnut Pesto
  • ½ cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup walnuts
  1. Place scallions, parsley, garlic and salt in food processor and pulse until well combined
  2. Turn on food processor and drizzle in lemon juice and olive oil
  3. Add walnuts and pulse until incorporated
  4. Serve with sesame crackers

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and have as much fun with this tangy pesto as we will. Enjoy!


  1. Sarah says

    Hi Elana

    I have just converted this recipe for a Thermomix cooking class – it went really well. I served it with the Rosemary fig crackers which were probably too sweet – any suggestions?

  2. Sarah says

    Hi Elana

    I have jut converted this recipe for a Thermomix cooking class – it went really well. I served it with the Rosemary fig crackers which were probably too sweet – any suggestions?

  3. says

    Chrissy -Thanks!

    Christianne -Thanks for your wishes, I really appreciate them. Hope your holiday was wonderful and refreshing.

    Lauren -Thanks for your comment.

  4. Christianne says

    Dear Elana,
    Because I was on a little holiday break, I missed your last few posts and just read them all in chronological order… It is a sure treat to find your updates carefully arranged in my inbox! Since my best wishes for your birthday arrive too late now, I wish you 364 very lovely, healthy and happy unbirthdays! In Wonderland they were right: it is good to celebrate every single day… We are raising a glass on your wellbeing here today: lechaim!
    The new recipes look fantastic as well, I cannot wait to try them and I will be sure to post some pics! Have a lovely and relaxed sunday everybody!

  5. Chrissy says

    Happy belated birthday!
    I am SO with you on the nachos! I forget which restaurant used to make them and each chip was a tiny perfect morsel of nacho-ness! Each one had the toppings individually placed on top… wonderful!

  6. says

    Okay… – In general pesto made from scratch probably wouldn’t contain gluten — just nuts, olive oil, garlic and some type of greens. However, pesto purchased from a store could potentially contain gluten as it hides out in many processed foods and is often found in the most unexpected places.

    Jaya – Thank you for your sweet words and good wishes, I really appreciate them!

    Ana – It was great; if you can, let me know how the pesto turned out :)

  7. says

    hope your birthday was a happy one!

    i have everything for this pesto sitting in the fridge right now- think i will try it over pasta for a light dinner tonight. it sounds so refreshing.

  8. says

    Elana – your birthday is definitely an occasion that merits emergence from lurkdom! I have been admiring and enjoying your fantastic recipes and this one is no exception. Thanks for sharing your passion for honest, whole living.
    I wish you (at least) a year’s worth of recipe epiphanies and days well spent.
    Jaya :)

  9. Okay..... says

    Didn’t realize that regular pesto had gluten… Thanks for coming up with a gluten free version… It looks delicious!

  10. says

    Ya’ara -Thanks so much for your kind words and wishes; I really appreciate your comments!

    Anina -Thanks! I am so glad that we met this year, I really enjoy knowing you :-)

    Margaret – Yes, indeed.

    Courtney -I would probably say nachos smothered in cheese; I could eat that for breakfast, lunch and dinner, day-in-day-out.

    Kelly -Thank you so much!

    Miriam -Thanks for your blessings and gratitude.

    All of you made my day!!!!!

  11. says

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELANA!! I have to know… if you could choose one dinner and dessert in the whole wide world for your birthday (assuming food allergies were not a factor), what would it be? This will probably challenge you to think outside of the box because your gluten intolerance is always a factor in determining preferences.

    This time of year, my ultimate meal would be mouthwatering, perfectly seasoned Fish Tacos and fresh baked Key Lime Pie with a mound of Homemade Whipped Cream! It will be exciting to see what you come up with. Have a very special day!
    :) Courtney

  12. Margaret says

    Happy birthday. These are the “good old days” to look back on and wish your children were little again. The voice of experience. Mamaggie

  13. Anina says

    Dear Elana
    Happy birthday ! I want to wish you a very special day with your family and friends. Thank you for your amazing website and for sharing it with us. Your are the green & gluten free goddess !

  14. says

    Happy birthday!!
    I wish you happiness and satisfaction in your brilliant work on this site, May you evolve in this field and the challenge will ever stop..

    And on another note – how typical it is to spend your birthday in the kitchen (I certainly do it every year, willingly)

    All the best,

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