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Paleo and Whole30 Parsley Pesto

This vegan, paleo, and Whole30 compliant parsley pesto is literal awesome-sauce. It's fresh and tangy, a perfect topping for almost everything, and ready in just 10 minutes.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole30
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 192kcal
Author Danielle Esposti



  • 1/2 c chopped walnuts
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley about 2 cups
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives
  • 1 clove garlic smashed
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 c unfiltered extra virgin olive oil


  • Heat a small skillet over medium high heat. Add the walnuts and dry roast, stirring frequently, until the walnuts are golden brown and fragrant, 3-4 minutes. Be mindful that they don't start to burn. Remove the skillet from heat and immediately transfer the nuts into the bowl of a food processor. Allow the walnuts to cool for a couple of minutes while you gather your remaining ingredients.
  • Add the parsley, chives, garlic, salt, and a pepper to the walnuts and process until the nuts and herbs are pulverized, about 10 seconds. 
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl, flip the motor to continuous, and pour the olive oil through the feed tube in a continuous stream. Continue to process until oil is incorporated. The resulting pesto will be on the thinner side, so that it’s easier to drizzle. If you prefer a thicker pesto, reduce the olive oil to ⅓ c. 


This recipe makes approximately 1 cup of pesto, and a (generous) serving size represents two tablespoons. You may need more or less per serving depending on your food delivery vehicle of choice. 
How to use Whole30 parsley pesto:
  • Sprinkle it over roasted potatoes and vegetables.
  • Slather it on grilled or pan-seared steak, salmon, or chicken.
  • Toss it with spaghetti squash for a pesto "pasta". 
  • Drizzle it over scrambled eggs.
  • Use it to dress a dinner salad loaded with raw veggies and grilled protein.
  • Eat it with a spoon (just kidding...kind of). 


Calories: 192kcal