Walnut Gremolata

Walnut Gremolata

Gremolata is an Italian condiment that typically contains garlic, parsley and lemon zest. Some versions contain capers, olives or other intensely flavored ingredients. This version is fragrant yet mild with a slight sweetness from the walnuts. Serve it with grilled meats, fish or vegetables.


  • 1/2 cup California walnuts
  • 1/2 cup parsley sprigs, lightly packed
  • 1 medium lemon, zested
  • 1/8 teaspoon minced or pressed garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Finely chop walnuts to the size of rice grains, to make about 1/3 cup. Place on a dry baking sheet. Bake 5-7 minutes until lightly toasted, stirring once or twice. Cool.
  2. Rinse parsley and pat dry between sheets of paper towel. Finely chop to measure 1/4 cup. Place in a small bowl.
  3. Remove yellow part of lemon zest with a zester or fine grater. Add to parsley.
  4. Stir in cooled walnuts, garlic, salt and pepper.


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