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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
Although I know they’re good for you, I’ve always had a problem adding flaxseeds to my food, until this great Flax Seed & Walnut Pesto sauce was created for a Cook for Your LIFE...


  • 2 tablespoons walnuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
  • 2 cups packed basil or Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 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 oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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