Walnut Pesto

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian.

Heart-healthy walnuts and fresh basil are combined in this beautiful pesto sauce!  

Walnuts and basil blended together for a twist on the classic pesto sauce! www.lemonsforlulu.com

I’m fortunate that my kids like vegetables.  In fact, they surprise me sometimes.  Edamame, spinach, avocados, broccoli and cauliflower are usually eaten with voracity.  While they don’t LOVE asparagus and brussels sprouts, they do eat them without many complaints.  In fact, I started to feel a little cocky about the variety of foods my kids will ingest.  I started dreaming up dinners with flavors that I hadn’t enjoyed in so long!  Dinners full of sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese and pesto.

Walnuts and basil blended for the perfect pesto sauce! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Then I found the new Pompeian Varietals Extra Virgin Olive Oils at the grocery store and I took that as a sign.  I grabbed some basil and some walnuts while I was at it.  I was making pesto gosh darn it!  I gleefully grabbed the food processor and began to toss in my ingredients all while my pasta was boiling away.   I noticed some funny looks from my kids as they were watching the pesto come together.  The pesto was clearly cause for concern, it was written all over their faces.

You know the moment when someone is pleasantly surprised by something they eat?  Their foreheads rise as their eyes light up with unexpected pleasure?  Well that is exactly what happened at the dinner table.  Score one for me.  I feel liberated from my mac and cheese/chicken fingers shackles!  I can eat like an adult again!

Walnut Pesto | lemonsfosrlulu.com





Pompeian, Inc. recently unveiled the new Varietals Collection.  I for one love them!  I love the range of flavors between the mild Arbequina, which lends itself perfectly to fish or vegetables; the medium bodied Picholine that is perfect for meats and sauces or the robust Koroneiki (which is what I used for my pesto).  What’s even more fun is being able to track where my own individual bottle came from and to learn about the harvesting process of the olive oil.  You can learn more about that HERE.

Olive oil is such a huge part of our daily lives.  I am thrilled to have a variety of oils to serve my family.  To learn more about Pompeian Olive Oil, please visit their website.



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Walnut Pesto
  • ¾ cup toasted walnuts
  • 2 cups torn basil leaves
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup hot water (pasta water is the best)
  1. In a food processor combine walnuts, basil leaves, Parmesan and garlic. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Season with salt. Add water at the end until you achieve the desired consistency. If combing with pasta, use the pasta water instead.



I may be linking this up to these parties and to The Weekend Potluck!


 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian.

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12 Responses

  1. This is GORGEOUS Tanya! My kids eat weird vegetables too. AND asparagus! I super love peson and this one is so so pretty!

  2. This is a wonderful pesto recipe! Thank you so much!

  3. Don’t you just love the flavor of walnuts in pesto! I did the same last year when it was the end of the season and I had mounds of basil and bags of walnuts laying around! Looks delicious!

  4. I love, love, love homemade pesto! The walnuts in this version are a fun twist…I can’t wait for all of the herbs to spring up in my garden so I can make another batch of pesto soon! Pinning this one for later in the season. :-)

  5. It is definitely a blessings that your kids love their vegetables. The walnut pesto looks fabulous.

  6. It is amazing how normally veggie phobic kids will gobble down pesto. It is one of my favorite ways to sneak greens into my kids.

    • If I’d know how much they liked the pesto, I would have served it sooner! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. This looks over the top amazing! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  8. This looks unbelievably delicious, Tanya! Cheers to having kids who eat veggies….the other day my oldest loaded up a plate of them at a family party, all for herself! Proud moment!! 😉

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