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A fun twist on classic pesto, this cilantro pesto recipe is quick and easy, completely delicious, and is full of limes, roasted cashews, garlic, parmesan, and of course, cilantro! This is great over pasta, chicken…anything! showmetheyummy.com #pesto #vegetarian
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Cilantro Pesto Recipe

A fun twist on classic pesto, this cilantro pesto recipe is quick and easy, completely delicious, and is full of limes, roasted cashews, garlic, parmesan, and of course, cilantro! This is great over pasta, chicken...anything!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cilantro, healthy, pasta sauce
Servings: 16 tablespoons
Calories: 88kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup roasted cashews* unsalted
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 - 2/3 cup oil until desired consistency is reached**
  • salt to taste***

Instructions

  • Place cilantro, garlic, roasted cashews, lime juice, and parmesan into a food processor.
  • Pulse until smooth and scrape down the sides.
  • With your food processor running, slowly pour in your oil until your desired consistency has been reached.
  • Season with salt, pulse to combine, and serve with pasta, cheese and crackers, etc.
  • Store in the refrigerator.
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Notes

Nutritional information calculates using .5 cups oil. 
*To roast cashews: preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place cashews on an unlined, rimmed baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven until cashews are fragrant and golden, about 4-8 minutes. Stir halfway through to avoid burnt spots.
**I use extra virgin olive oil, but if you want a less pronounced oil flavor, use a more neutral oil like canola. Also, I typically use somewhere between 1/3 and 2/3 cup oil...it's up to you!
***Be sure to taste and re-season! Salt is important! :)

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.2mg