Vegan Parsley Arugula Walnut Pesto

This is an incredibly quick and easy Vegan Parsley Arugula Walnut Pesto recipe! I love whipping up a batch right before dinner so we have fresh, aromatic pesto to put on pasta or veggies. It’s full of so much flavor you won’t miss the cheese at all!

parsley walnut pesto

Quick and Easy Dairy-Free Parsley-Arugula Walnut Pesto

Who else loves pesto? It’s one of my favorite ways to add a burst of fresh, green flavor to any dish. I don’t think there are many meals that can’t be improved with a spoonful of pesto! This recipe for Vegan Parsley Arugula Walnut Pesto is maybe my favorite version of the condiment ever. Walnuts give it a perfect texture while the greens come together to pack major flavor into even the smallest bite. It takes just a couple minutes to make and only one taste to fall in love!

parsley arugula walnut pesto

All About Walnuts

Walnuts add a creamy texture and incredibly unique flavor to this pesto recipe. They also pack a nutritional punch! Walnuts are super filling, offer plant-based protein and can help control blood sugar levels. They also contain omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3s may lower your overall risk of heart disease, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and they reduce joint pain and improve brain function and development.  Walnuts are also a good source of magnesium, which can lower blood pressure. I’m always trying to incorporate more walnuts into my routine.

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Health Benefits of Arugula

Arugula is SO good for you! It’s high in calcium, potassium, folate, and vitamins C and K. It’s good for your immune system and your blood health. If you don’t have arugula you can just substitute more parsley.  This is a totally flexible recipe; you could really use almost any fresh green herb you have on hand. I do love the combination of the fresh herby parsley with the subtle peppery taste of the arugula.

parsley arugula walnut pesto

How to Use Pesto

Of course you can serve this over pasta, but it’s delicious on so many more foods! Try using this Vegan Parsley Arugula Walnut Pesto with…

  • Zucchini noodles
  • Salad
  • As dip for raw veggies
  • On quinoa with grilled veggies
  • Instead of pizza sauce
  • In a sandwich wrap for added flavor

I love to make a batch for Sunday meal prep and then use throughout the week.

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Dairy-Free Pesto Recipe

Vegan Parsley Arugula Walnut Pesto


  • Author: Eating by Elaine
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This is an incredibly quick and easy Vegan Parsley Arugula Walnut Pesto recipe! I love whipping up a batch right before dinner so we have fresh, aromatic pesto to put on pasta or veggies. It’s full of so much flavor you won’t miss the cheese at all!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed flat leaf parsley
  • 1 cup packed baby arugula
  • 1/3 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a 7-cup food processor.  Puree for 20 second.  Stop, scrape down the sides and run the motor for another 10 seconds until well combined. 
  2. Thin out with more olive oil (or use water) if desired (1 tablespoon at a time).  Taste and adjust flavors as desired.  Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.  

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: easy vegan pesto

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