Want To Make Italian Pesto With Walnuts? Recipe Video

ONEMAN SHOW DESCRIBES HOW TO MAKE AN ITALIAN PESTO. A non-typical way to make a traditional bread spread using SWEET ITALIAN Basil and CALIFORNIA walnuts instead of traditional pine nuts.


Preparation Time25 MinCooking Time10 Min
Ready In35 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexAverageServings4
Main IngredientInterest Group


For salmon
 Salmon fillet1
 Olive oil2 Teaspoon
 Italian seasoning1 Teaspoon
For salad
 Iceberg lettuce head2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Balsamic vinaigrette2 Tablespoon
For italian pesto
 Lemon juice1 Tablespoon
 Extra virgin olive oil1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Green hot chili pepper4
 Garlic8 Clove (40 gm)
 Basil leaves1 Cup (16 tbs) (Italian)
 Salt1 Teaspoon
 Black pepper1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Walnuts1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
 Parmesan cheese1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
 Sourdough bread slice2 (to serve)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 556 Calories from Fat 405

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 45 g69.1%

Saturated Fat 5.5 g27.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 28 mg

Sodium 1019.6 mg42.5%

Total Carbohydrates 21 g7.1%

Dietary Fiber 2.3 g9.1%

Sugars 3.3 g

Protein 18 g35.1%

Vitamin A 13.4% Vitamin C 52.1%

Calcium 21.3% Iron 12.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. In a bowl, place the salmon fillet and add olive oil and Italian seasoning. Marinate well. Cover the marinated salmon in a foil.
2. Grill the salmon on both sides until done.

3. Recipe follows.

4. In a bowl, place the iceberg lettuce. Pour balsamic vinaigrette and combine with lettuce.

5. Recipe follows.

6. In a blender, add lemon juice, olive oil, green chilies, garlic, Italian basil, salt, black pepper and walnuts.
7. Blend to a smooth paste. Transfer it to a dish and add parmesan cheese. Mix well.
8. Apply 1 ½ teaspoon of pesto on each sourdough bread slice.

9. Serve the Grilled Salmon with Italian Pesto, Sourdough Bread and Lettuce Salad. Have some California merlot wine and enjoy the dinner!

Editors Review

For Italian food lovers, here is another easy to make Italian meal choice which can be prepared in moment and served with delight. Tasty and spicy Grilled Salmon, Lettuce Salad, Bread with Pesto & Wine can be ideal for any parties or get together. Even for weight watchers, this can be a delightful way to savor the goodness of Italian food.


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shantihhh says :

As 95% of the walnuts available in the US are grown in California they are often called California walnuts, but in fact they are English walnuts or Juglans Regia. The English walnut is grafted on to hardy Black Walnut rootstock. There are over 30 varieties of walnuts grown in California; however, two varieties—Chandler and Hartley—account for nearly 60 percent of total production. http://www.walnuts.org/walnuts101/faq.php I have two different walnut trees growing in my yard both grafted. One produces enormous sized walnuts-they keep the squirrels happy as do the acorns on the oak trees. I do not spray so they often have worms inside plus take so much work to dry, peel, crack, and lift out the meat. The squirrels love them!
Posted on: 26 August 2009 - 12:39pm
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foodpsychologist says :

Thanks for this Italian Pesto With California Walnuts. It certainly looks an interesting variation from the pine nuts dish. The video's not playing in y browser. So I thought of asking you, are California walnuts different from normal walnuts ?
Posted on: 26 August 2009 - 10:36am