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

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  • ¼ 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


  • Place scallions, parsley, garlic and salt in food processor and pulse until well combined
  • Turn on food processor and drizzle in lemon juice and olive oil
  • Add walnuts and pulse until incorporated
  • Serve with sesame crackers
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
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I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and have as much fun with this tangy pesto as we will. Enjoy!


19 responses to “Lemon Walnut Pesto”

  1. 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. 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. Chrissy -Thanks!

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

    Lauren -Thanks for your comment.

  4. 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. 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. 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 :)

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