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Västerbotten & Dill Pesto

The other day Bronte made this wonderful Västerbotten & Dill Pesto at home. Because, to be fair, sometimes, normal pesto get a bit boring.
You may think that dill is too strong for a pesto like this - but it's not. It's just perfect. Because it's not for pasta, but for other stuff. Do try it out at home - it is super easy to make and one portion is enough for all three dishes.
Course: Open Sandwich
Cuisine: Scandinavian
Author: Bronte Aurell


  • 60 g walnuts
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • ½ clove of garlic
  • 50 g Västerbotten cheese
  • 50-100 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

For the salad

  • 500 g new potatoes, cooked with skin left on Cooled slightly.

For the Easy mid week baked salmon

  • 4 salmon fillets

For the chicken sandwich

  • 1 crusty baguette style roll, ideally seeded
  • leftover chicken pieces
  • some green leaves


  • In a food processor, pulse the dill, parsley, garlic and walnuts. Add ¾ of the cheese and 50ml of the oil and pulse again until you have a finely chopped paste. 
  • Remove from the food processor and add the rest of the cheese (if needed), more oil until you have a pesto consistency (not too runny, but enough oil so that it can be used as a dressing or topping). Taste and season with salt and pepper.

To use it for a salad:

  • In a bowl, add the potatoes and a few tablespoons of pesto. Mix until potatoes are coated. You may need to add more pesto – to taste. serve as part of your Summer Garden BBQ Smörgåsbord.

To use it for the Easy mid week baked salmon

  • Place the salmon fillets skin side up in a bake safe tray. Add 1-2 tbsp pesto on top on each fillet and place in a warm oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through (cooking time will vary depending on the size of your fish pieces). During baking, the pesto will change colour a bit and the cheese will form a slight crust.
  • Serve with salad or new potatoes.

To use it for best chicken sandwich

  • utter your bread and add salad and chicken. Top with a few teaspoons of the dill pesto and add a bit of extra seasoning.