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Melanie’s Flax Seed & Walnut Pesto

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 15 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 1 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 6 ingredients

This great Flax Seed & Walnut Pesto sauce was created for a Cook for Your LIFE class by Chef Melanie Underwood. This pesto is a totally delicious and natural way to get flaxseeds into...


  • 2 tablespoons walnuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
  • 2 cups packed basil or Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons water

Nutrition Facts


364 cals


26 g

Saturated Fat

6 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

13 g

Monounsaturated Fat

5 g


18 g


2 g


11 g


20 g


460 mg


  1. In a food processor combine the walnuts and flaxseeds, process until ground, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add basil or parsley, garlic, Parmesan, and 2 tablespoons water.  Puree until smooth and thick, adding more water, a little at a time, if necessary.

Chef Tips

Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week in a refrigerator or up to 1 month in a freezer. Bring pesto to room temperature before serving; do not heat.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our Registered Dietitian Kate Ueland, MS, RD, CSO, a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the  Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed.,  published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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