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Watercress & Walnut Pesto

April 19, 2018

Pesto is one of the best ways to save wilting greens or herbs and that’s exactly how the Watercress & Walnut Pesto came to life. Not only is it really easy to make, it’s also a dairy-free pesto recipe. You can really flex on the combinations you use, depending on what you have in the cupboard by switching up the greens you use, or the nuts.

The basic ingredients used in pesto are also jam-packed with health benefits and making this recipe from scratch means you get to avoid the random unheard of ingredients you’ll find in some shop bought jars of pesto.

Key Nutrients

Watercress: 

  • Rich in vitamin A, providing a good source of antioxidants.
  • Vitamin K is also found in watercress which is a nutrient essential for blood clotting and also bone health.

Walnuts:

  • The heart-healthy nut, promoting reduced levels of cholesterol.
  • Walnuts are one of the nuts highest in omega 3 fatty acids.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO):

  • The high amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids in EVOO are beneficial in reducing cholesterol.
  • EVOO contains many phytochemicals and these are beneficial for their antioxidant actions.
Pesto - full of health boosting ingredients!

Yes, that’s my wilting watercress that rather than putting in the bin, I made into pesto!

Print Recipe
Watercress & Walnut Pesto
Pesto - full of health boosting ingredients!
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Pesto - full of health boosting ingredients!
Instructions
  1. Heat a frying pan and dry roast the walnuts for a few minutes until lightly toasted.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until all ingredients are mixed together but not completely smooth, so you have some, chunky bits of nuts.
  3. Store in the fridge for up to 3/4 days. This pesto can be served with zuchinni noodles, pasta, salads or used as a spread.
  4. Enjoy x.
Recipe Notes

Essential Equipment

Food processor/blender.

Tips

I use a standard cup measure. If you don’t have one you can use a mug and substitute the amount for ¾ of a standard size mug.

Find your Ingredients

Watercress, garlic, lemon - fruit &  vegetable aisle

Walnuts - baking aisle

Extra virgin olive oil - dry goods/oils aisle

Pesto - full of health boosting ingredients!

If you like this easy pesto recipe, you might also like my Pumpkin & Cashew Pesto Pasta recipe!

References:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257681/

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