Spinach Walnut Pesto is a fresh, flavorful sauce that can be made in minutes and used a variety of ways! It’s guaranteed to brighten up any dish.
I’ve told you numerous time that I have a thing for sauces. A great sauce is worth it’s weight in gold because it changes up your run of the mill dinner and makes it extra special. This Spinach Walnut Pesto does just that, and is just the thing to liven up your pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, meats, and you name it!
While I’ve shared numerous tomato sauces with you here, I’ve also got a few pestos as well because I love myself a good pesto. The best part about pestos is you can pretty much use whatever you have — basil, arugula, kale, and yeah — spinach. The sky is pretty much the limit when it comes to what you can make a pesto with.
This sauce is special to me because I created it during one of my practical exams in cooking school, which you can read about here. We were allowed to choose two types of produce from a wide variety and create a composed dish with them. I chose butternut squash (surprise!) and spinach. I’d memorized a pastry dough recipe, and knew I wanted to make a savory galette with the butternut squash. And I served it with — you guessed it! — my spinach walnut pesto.
I re-created the Butternut Squash, Leek, & Gruyere Galette that I made at school and shared it with you here last year, and I have used this pesto sauce in other recipes like my Roasted Eggplant Sandwich as well. I always feel compelled to give a sauce it’s own post, however, because they can be used for so many different types of dishes. We wouldn’t want to pigeon hole a great sauce, now would we? 🙂
This pesto is nice and healthy because it’s made purely with baby spinach. Add some garlic, fresh lemon juice, and parmesan to punch up the flavor, with some toasted walnuts to make it a bit hearty and nutty.
I don’t like to add too much oil to my pesto sauces because I like the freshness to shine most of all. If you like yours with a bit more oil, simply add more to suit your preferences.
This is a great sauce to make on weekends because it keeps for a few days in the fridge until your ready to use it. It also freezes well, too. It’s your ace in the hole when you want to pull a healthy, quick meal together on a busy night, or for last minute entertaining. Like I said, a good sauce is worth it’s weight in gold. 🙂
And some pesto dishes that you just might like…:)
And more pesto love:
Garlic Scape Pesto by Flying on Jess Fuel
Crispy Baked Pesto Chicken Parmesan by Tastes Lovely
Shaved Asparagus & Pesto Pizza by Hip Foodie Mom
- 4 cups baby spinach leaves*
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons toasted walnut pieces
- ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Place the spinach, garlic, lemon juice, walnuts, and parmesan into the bowl of a food processor or blender and pulse until roughly chopped. With the processor running, add the oil through the feed tube and process until it reaches the desired consistency. Taste, then and add salt and pepper, and process once more. Adjust the seasoning as necessary.
- Use immediately and serve with pasta, pizza, sandwiches, or meats, or store in the fridge for 2-3 days until ready to use. Enjoy!
To toast your walnuts, place on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until fragrant.
If you like a thinner sauce, simply add 1-2 more tablespoons of oil.
This sauce freezes well! You can store it all in one airtight container or place it in an ice cube tray wrapped tightly with foil and plastic and pop out however much you need at a time and thaw.
Recipe by Flavor the Moments.