Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro Pesto
Happy Friday! The weather is getting warmer everyday here in North Carolina, and as a result, I’m constantly finding myself in the mood for light, fresh dinners. Over the last few months, I’ve also found myself experimenting with different homemade sauces (most recently pizza sauce and marinara sauce), so it almost seems natural to delve into the pesto world next.

This the first time I’ve had pesto without basil in it, and I have to say – I think I like using cilantro as a base for it even better than basil. It really has a nice little kick, and it was perfect spread over some grilled chicken. This winter girl is actually looking forward to summer if it involves fresh and delicious meals like these!

Printable Recipe
Makes about 3/4 cup

ingredients:
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 tbsp pistachios
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil

instructions:
Combine the cilantro, parsley, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pistachios, and salt in a food processor.
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Pulse about 10 times, until just chopped.
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Add in the olive oil and pulse a few more times, until well combined.
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Enjoy! We served ours over grilled chicken and pasta – so delicious!
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Adapted from Southern Living Easy Entertaining

12 Comments
  • Laura Welch
    May 9, 2014

    Yummy! Can’t wait to try this!

    • ashleynevis
      May 9, 2014

      Thanks, Laura! Please let me know if you do try it out! πŸ™‚

  • Amberly
    May 9, 2014

    I need a food processor…. then I can make more of these yummy recipes!

    • ashleynevis
      May 9, 2014

      You should definitely get one! There are some really affordable options, and you can use them for all kinds of yummy stuff πŸ™‚ If you want the details on the one we have, just let me know!

  • Jules @ If I had 100 dollars
    May 9, 2014

    YUMMM I love pesto!

    • ashleynevis
      May 9, 2014

      I think you’d really like this one – it is so tasty!

  • Katie
    May 9, 2014

    This looks fantastic! Such an interesting twist on regular pesto.

    • ashleynevis
      May 10, 2014

      Thanks, Katie! It had a really nice flavor. You’ll have to let me know if you end up making it!

  • Susan - ofeverymoment
    May 10, 2014

    For some reason I never have much luck growing cilantro – but this is motivation to try harder this summer! It looks delicious with chicken and pasta!

    • ashleynevis
      May 10, 2014

      Hopefully you have better luck with it this year, Susan! We tried growing it last year, and a little bunny came through and ate it, so now we just buy it. Either way, it sure is delicious!

  • Miss Angie
    May 15, 2014

    That looks so dang tasty! I’ve pinned it and will share it on the blog Sunday in my round-up post! πŸ˜€

    • ashleynevis
      May 16, 2014

      Thanks so much!! You’ll have to let me know if you try making it πŸ™‚

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