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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.

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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!!

What is Pesto?

Pesto is a sauce made of crushed garlic, European pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, Parmesan cheese and olive oil.

What is Pesto Used For?

Pesto can be baked into Bread and eaten instead of garlic bread.

It can be used as a spread for sandwiches.

Pesto is traditionally used in pasta.

How Long Will Pesto Keep?

Homemade pesto will last 5-7 days in the refrigerator or 3-4 months in the freezer.

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Cilantro Pesto

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Cilantro Pesto

4.17 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 3 Cups Cilantro
  • 1/4 Cup Pine Nuts
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/4 Cup Pecorino Romano Cheese grated
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


  • In a skillet over medium heat, add the pine nuts and toast until golden.
  • Remove from heat to cool.
  • 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.
  • Store in an airtight container with a little olive oil over the top and saran wrap pressed down against the pesto.
  • Serve over veggies, pasta, or on sandwiches.


store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 3 days
Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Pesto
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 138 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 54mg2%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 559IU11%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Is there any way you can tell us the actual yield that 6 servings provides? Just not sure how to scale the recipe if I plan to use it in the 8 layer hummus dip or another dish. Thank you!

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    • Hi Kelsi! This recipe makes a little more than a cup but 1 batch will be plenty for the 8 layer hummus dip. Enjoy!

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  • Thank you for this recipe. I am delighted. However, i am from asian country and lovely to make pesto for my pasta. Can you share me or email me how to make sweet basil and coriander pesto for spaghetti bolognaise. Thanks a lot!

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