Rocket (Arugula) & Walnut Pesto

Rocket (Arugula) & Walnut Pesto

This rocket (arugula) and walnut pesto is an extremely low carb spread, dip or sauce. It is super quick and easy to make, and ultimately tastes delicious!

Craving Pesto…

I love all things pesto.

Pesto has a way of making anything wonderful. I mix it with my eggs in the morning, add it to my salads and use it as a sauce or dip with my “pastas”, bread and pizzas.

I usually use this Classic Basil Pesto recipe for most of my pesto cravings, but I had some walnut recipes that I wanted to play around with. One of them being, this beautiful pesto. And I gotta tell you guys… I LOVE it.

It is also EXTREMELY easy to make. The best tip I have when it comes to making pesto is, make sure you have all your ingredients measured out and ready to go.

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Rocket (arugula)This dark, leafy, low carb vegetable is strong in flavour and makes this pesto rich and delicious.
  • GarlicFresh garlic in pesto is always best, but if you don’t have any on hand, use garlic powder instead.
  • WalnutsIf you want to try this recipe but don’t like walnuts, you can use almonds, hazelnuts or pine nuts instead.. 
  • Parmesan Cheese I use finely grated parmesan cheese, to ensure a really smooth texture.
  • Olive OilThis can be substituted for avocado oil.

Serving Ideas…

  • Stir it in with some cauliflower ricecourgetti/ zoodles or eggs.
  • Serve it as a dip along side Flaxseed Tortilla Chips or my award-winning Garlic Dough Balls.
  • Spread on some Buttered Dinner Rolls or as a base for low carb pizza.
  • Use it as a dressing for any salad, including substituting the mayo-dressing for this pesto, in this Chicken Club Zoodle Salad.
  • Use it as a marinade or sauce for your favourite grilled protein, such as chicken or shrimp.


This pesto can store in an air-tight container, in the refrigerator, for up to 5 days.

Alternatively, add a little lemon juice to the pesto, pour it into ice-cube trays, cover with a freezer-proof bag, and freeze it for up to 6 monthsJust note that if you freeze it, then it has to be thawed at room temperature for a few house, before you use or cook with it.

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Creamy Basil & Asiago Pesto
Chicken Pesto Zoodle Bake
Low Carb Smoked Salmon Dip
Easy 5-Minute Pizza Sauce
Roasted Tomato Marinara Sauce

Rocket (Arugula) & Walnut Pesto

This rocket (arugula) and walnut pesto is an extremely low carb spread, dip or sauce. It is super quick and easy to make, and ultimately tastes delicious!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: arugula, dip, keto, low carb, pesto, rocket, sauce, spread, walnut
Servings: 8
Calories: 126kcal
Author: Anna – everydayketorecipes


  • 115g / 4oz (3 cups) rocket (arugula)
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 40g (⅓ cup) walnuts
  • 30g (⅓ cup) parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • 80ml (⅓ cup) olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper/ foil.
  • Spread out the walnuts on the prepared baking tray and bake them for 8-10 minutes, until stirring halfway through, until lightly browned.
  • In a food processor, purée the arugula, garlic and walnuts together, until the arugula has broken down.
  • Add the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and purée until incorporated.
  • On a low speed, keep the food processor running, and slowly pour in the olive oil, until smooth.
  • Transfer to a serving/storing dish.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:
Calories:  126
Fat:  13.2g
Carbohydrates:  1g
Fiber:  0.4g
Net Carbs:  0.6g
Protein:  2.6g

Nutritional Disclaimer
Please note, I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional information for this recipe is provided for informational purposes only. I aim to provide the most accurate information possible, but I advise you calculate the nutritional information yourself using your favorite nutrition calculator.

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