Cilantro Pesto with Pine Nuts


Call me crazy but I decided to create a pesto using cilantro last night.  I  recently purchased a beautiful, fresh bushel of cilantro at the farmers market and I couldn’t stand to see it wilt away in my tiny fridge.  Cilantro is by far my favorite fresh herb (although there is a close tie with basil); the flavor of fresh cilantro can truly add excitement to any meal.

pesto

I always try to have fresh herbs in my fridge for a nice dose of antioxidants and pizazz! If you follow my blog, you’re familiar with my posts on herbs and ways to add fresh herb flavor, which I do with every meal!

This pesto is a great way to enhance the flavor of any dish; it can be used as an appetizer dip, a sandwich spread or served atop fish, chicken and tofu.  My favorite way to enjoy this cilantro pesto is with my halibut tacos; simply top tacos with a dollop of pesto and fresh salsa for a tasty treat.  You can easily prepare my cilantro pesto in a matter of minutes and use it for a flavor boost to any dish!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pine nuts
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. Vegan Galaxy Parmesan Cheese
  • Nu-Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Blend together all ingredients in a food processor; slowly add olive oil.
  • Serve at room temperature.
  • Enjoy!
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2 Responses

  1. mmmmmm….sounds like something I’d give a try. Do you have an online source where you get your pine nuts (pinenuts)? Mine is http://www.wholesalepinenuts.com.

    Thanks for the great reciped, i’ll give it a whirl.

    • Thank you; I hope you enjoy this recipe. I usually purchase my pine nuts from Whole Foods Market here in Manhattan or at the Farmer’s Market in Manhattan, as well.

      Enjoy!

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