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Recipe By Chef Jim Coleman

Walnuts are considered a super food. On this Meatless Monday serve this pesto on your favorite whole wheat pasta and feel super in several ways.


  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 handful fresh basil
  • 1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 pinch dried chile flakes
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


    1. Place the walnuts and herbs in the bowl of a food processor or mixer. Pulse until ingredients are crumbly.
    2. Add the oil in a steady stream while the machine is running and then add the lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasonings. Keeps for several days in the refrigerator.
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Reminder: The ingredients in a recipe determine if it should be eaten every day, some days, or on special occasions. It's up to you and you doctor to determine what can be part of a healthy diet for you and any special needs you may have.

2 Responses to Walnut Pesto

  • susan stapleford

    recipe for walnut pesto? check the spelling, there are 2, count ‘em, typos, see line 5 of ingredient list , which says “pnich” intead of “pinch”, and see line 6, which says something or other about virgin olive oil….. please let me know what # 6 is supposed to say!



  • Fit Staff

    thanks for the note, ingredient #6 is “supposed” to say “1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil”

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