Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro Pesto in 5 minutes

One of our most popular recipes on the blog is our classic pesto (gotta love that a basil recipe is ranked so high for us, bahahaha) and how to store it. It’s easy, fresh and I really do think it is the absolute best recipe out there for pesto. We love it on pastas, in meatball paninis and even a quinoa bake with asparagus! So clearly it would be smart of us to play around with the flavors which is how we ended up with cilantro pesto.

Cilantro Pesto in 5 Minutes

And get ready because we are going to be sharing a few recipes that use the cilantro pesto over the next few months. Like a dip inspired by a friend that has 8 layers. Ohhhh mama!!

Cilantro Pesto
Recipe type: sauce
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Serves: 1 Cup
Bright and fresh cilantro with toasted pine nuts, pecorino romano cheese and garlic for an easy cilantro pesto.
  • 3 Cups Cilantro
  • ¼ Cup Pine Nuts
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • ¼ Cup Pecorino Romano Cheese, grated
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, add the pine nuts and toast until golden. Remove from heat to cool.
  2. In a blender or food processor, add the cilantro, pine nuts, olive oil, zest, juice and garlic. Pulse until a thick paste forms. Stir in the cheese and season to taste.
  3. Store in an airtight container with a little olive oil over the top and saran wrap pressed down against the pesto.
  4. Serve over veggies, pasta, or on sandwiches.


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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.