Sunflower Seeds and Parsley Pesto

Sunflower seeds and parsley pesto is a very smooth, rich and tasty sunflower seeds pesto that will make your pasta or any other dish oh so delicious.

Adding sunflower seeds in the pesto instead of nuts is a wonderful idea to incorporate sunflower seeds in your diet. Even you can make this pesto for someone with the nut allergy and they would love it.

If you remember my Mango Yoghurt Parfait post, you all know that I got a lot of SeedNecessities products to try in some of my recipes. So this is another recipe using their roasted sunflower seeds.


The sunflower seeds pesto tasted very rich, tasty and had amazing flavours from the roasted sunflower seeds. We served it on top of spaghetti and we all had a wonderful and satisfying lunch.

I have been keeping a batch of this pesto in my freezer and whenever those sudden hunger pangs bite us, I would just defrost a jar of pesto, cook some pasta and viola lunch is sorted.

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4.34 from 3 votes
Sunflower Seeds Pesto
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

A very smooth, rich and tasty sunflower seeds pesto that will make your pasta oh so delicious.

Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 Cups
Author: Sapana Behl
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups tightly packed parsley leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil, extra virgin
  1. In a food processor add sunflower seeds, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice. 

  2. Gradually add olive oil and process until smooth. Add more seasoning if required.

  3. Serve with pasta, rice or as a spread on toast.

Recipe Notes

You may also use cilantro leaves instead of parsley if desired.

Store in airtight glass jars in the refrigerator.


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Disclosure: I was sent samples from SeedNeccesities to try in recipes and not being told or paid to write the review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Sapana Behl

14 comments on “Sunflower Seeds and Parsley Pesto”

  1. Afroz says:

    Thats are some seriously gorgeous shots. Love the idea of using sunflower anf parsley.

  2. This is a lovely recipe and clever use 0f sunflower seeds instead of nuts in a pesto making it really healthy.

  3. Bhawana Singh says:

    This is a great pesto sauce recipe, nuts are good to have in your daily diet if possible. I think this makes it possible.

  4. Love the use of sunflower seeds in this pesto, it looks so vibrant, gorgeous green 🙂

  5. Ruchi says:

    Amazing clicks sapna … Loved the recipe and idea of sunflower seeds… Lovely share

  6. Sonal says:

    Such a gorgeous color of the pesto there Sapana! And it looks very creamy as well! That pasta drenched in this pesto look amazing!

  7. Lathiya says:

    Looks so the color and addition of sunflower seeds

  8. That’s a very interesting pesto to make… lovely clicks too!

  9. Jayashree says:

    That sounds so delicious. Love those clicks.

  10. Avin says:

    Will try this combo soon as I love pesto. Btw amazing pics

  11. Pesto with sunflower seeds wow. Wonder how you bring out the best ingredients.. Cheers..

  12. Jagruti says:

    What a gorgeous and vibrant pictures Sapana! Love sunflower seeds and in pesto they shine and tastes delicious

  13. That is fantastic sapana! Sunflowers and parsley unique combo! Love that gorgeous green color! Perfect for pastas and as a spread!!

  14. Gautam says:

    So refreshing and delicious pesto

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