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Cilantro Walnut Pesto

by ADMIN on NOVEMBER 7, 2011

Pesto has really evolved in recent years – there are all different types. And experimenting with this recipe is so fun and easy because there are only 2 primary ingredients to mess with: the main herb (typically basil), and the main nut (typically pine nuts). You can also add extra seasoning to make it spicy or zesty.

This recipe substitutes cilantro for basil and walnuts for pine nuts. Even though it calls for a lot of cilantro, the taste isn’t over-powering. The pesto is pulled together with the zip of lemon, warmth of garlic, and a hint of cayenne.

And it’s a nice thick spread – making it perfect for slathering onto chicken, tofu, toast or sandwiches (before or after cooking); and not just for pasta! Cilantro Walnut Pesto Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 15 mins Serves: 6 A zesty, flavorful pesto.


  • ½ cup cilantro

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

  • ⅓ cup olive oil

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 2 Tbsp lemon

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ⅛ tsp cayenne


  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until your desired consistency.

  2. Add more oil, walnuts, or cilantro to get your perfect taste.

  3. Enjoy!



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