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This cilantro pesto is perfect for pasta, meats, or even mixed in with rice.
I love basil pesto. There are few things in this world that make my taste buds dance the way basil pesto does. So, I wasn’t entirely sure that I even wanted to try a cilantro version.
You see, I’m a very loyal sort of girl. Once I find something I love, I tend to stick with it for life. But seeing as how this is a food blog and it’s kinda my job to try new things, I gave it a go.
All I can say is, wow. I have a new favorite!! (And that’s saying a lot for this loyal girl!)
This stuff was CRAZY good! It still has all the rich goodness of homemade basil pesto but with a little bit of peppery kick from the cilantro. Amazingly good. I swear! Oh, and I’ll have a recipe coming up shortly that uses it. So go make a batch and stay tuned! I promise you won’t regret it!
How To Make Cilantro Pesto
Pesto couldn’t be easier to make. All you need is a trusty blender or food processor. Pesto can be made with different herbs or leafy greens, depending on the final flavor you want. Everything from basil to kale can be used to make pesto. All it is is blended greens with garlic, often plenty of parmesan (unless you make a dairy-free version), and oil. Blend everything until smooth, and you’ve got a delicious sauce that can be enjoyed on many foods.
Cilantro Pesto Recipe Card
- Blender or food processor
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup raw walnut pieces
- 2 cups fresh cilantro
- ½ cup grated parmesan (the real stuff, not Kraft)
- salt to taste
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. (Depending on your blender, this could take as much as 5 minutes. But it's worth the not-so-long wait!)