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Walnut Pesto

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  • Author: Nichole Banducci
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Diet: Vegan


There are so many ways to make pesto. I love this simple recipe because it just has a handful of ingredients focused on boosting your skin health. Spinach, walnuts, olive oil and nutritional yeast are all known to increase the quality of our skin. I created this pesto recipe to give you a go-to beauty treat you can have on-hand in your fridge.

Many pesto recipes feel like they’re dripping in oil. Not this one. You get the benefits of olive oil without having it drip from your chin with each bite. (We’ve all been there, right?) 


  • 5 oz fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper 


Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend till almost smooth… leaving a few chunks gives a great consistency.

Toss about 1/4 cup with warm pasta and garnish with walnuts and red pepper flakes. You can vary the amount used based on how much pasta you’re eating/serving.

Or, use the finished pesto to spread on toast, top tofu or meat, or as a dip for veggies.