Spinach-Walnut pesto – Vegan, Garlic and Onion free

Happy St-Patty’s Day everyone!

Green was big in our family today. My husband being half Irish, I didn’t even have 5 minutes to change out of my bathrobe this morning. He was already turning my daughter against me, prompting her to catch and pinch me! LOL!

As vegetarians and an alcohol free family, it’s kinda hard to be real traditional with Irish meals. Si we decided instead to lean towards the green theme and try to make St-Patty’s Day dinner kid-friendly, easy and fun!

So I give you my Spinach-Walnut pesto! Of course, as with everything else that is traditionally garlic filled, I’ve tried my best to substitute and I think I did a pretty good job! My 3yo daughter asked me if we could eat this again tomorrow, so to me, that is a complete win.

Spinach-Walnut Pesto

2 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 olive oil
juice of 1 small lemon (approx. 2 TBSP)
Salt and pepper to taste

Put everything in a blender and pulse until smooth.

Spinach-Walnut Pesto

That is it! I cooked some bow tie pasta and simply tossed the warm pasta with the pesto. This recipe makes about a cup. I needed 1/2 the pesto for dinner for 3, so I froze the other half for another time. For those of you who enjoy Parmesan, it can easily be added to the pasta after. I’m looking forward to trying this on potato gnocchi next time!

Hope you all enjoy and Bon Appétit!

Shamrock beauties

In case it wasn’t obvious that we have Irish in our family : My blue-eyed, fair-skinned, strawberry blond beauties were all smiles for the camera!


About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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10 Responses to Spinach-Walnut pesto – Vegan, Garlic and Onion free

  1. Yum!! Looks like our pesto, only we add the garlic, and a little nutritional yeast 🙂 We are a vegetarian, alcohol free family too…we really need to meet up one day.


  2. ChristyC. says:

    Oh wow, this looks/sounds fantastic (and I don’t even celebrate SPD! haha) I’ll be trying this next week as soon as I get some spinach. I love seeing a pic of your beautiful children!! God has truly blessed.


  3. Looks great. We make basil pesto with walnuts. When we make little pizzas, we use the pesto as the sauce, rather than a red sauce. YUM!


    • quiltykanuck says:

      mmm… I’ve never tried walnuts with basil, but I have done cashew-basil though. We love pesto on our pizzas as well. We can’t really buy ready made sauces anymore (no garlic or onion in our family diet) so being inventive with pizzas is a must. Our 3yo is a big fan and we have to change it up.


  4. jemills56 says:

    Look forward to trying this recipe!


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