An environmentally friendly method using natural deep eutectic solvents (NADES) and microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) for the recovery of bioactive compounds from hazelnut pomace (a hazelnut oil process by-product) was developed to contribute to their sustainable valorization. Eight different NADES were prepared for the extraction of antioxidant constituents from hazelnut pomace, and choline chloride:1,2-propylene glycol (CC-PG) was determined as the most suitable NADES, considering their extraction efficiency and physicochemical properties. After selecting suitable NADES, operational parameters for the MAE process of antioxidants from hazelnut pomace were optimized and modeled using response surface methodology. For the highest recovery of antioxidants, the operational parameters of the MAE process were found to be 24% water, 38 min, 92 degrees C and 18 mL/0.1 g-DS. Under optimized conditions, extracts of both pomace as a by-product and unprocessed hazelnut flours of three different hazelnut samples (Tombul, Cakildak, and Palaz) were prepared, and their antioxidant capacities were evaluated by spectrophotometric methods. Antioxidant capacities of CC-PG extracts of all hazelnut samples were 2-3 times higher than those of ethanolic extracts. In addition, phenolic characterization of the prepared extracts was carried out using the UPLC-PDA-ESI-MS/MS system. The results of this study suggest that hazelnut by-products can potentially be considered an important and readily available source of natural antioxidants. Furthermore, the modeled MAE procedure has the potential to create an effective and sustainable alternative for pharmaceutical and food industries.