Wake Up…. A Cilantro Pesto!

by zesty on July 29, 2011 · 1 comment

Why did I write wake up in the title…. I think it was more for me.  I am a little sluggish today but things will change.  It’s Friday!  Whooo Hooooo.  Alright, enough shenanigans and let’s get right to the serious parts.

Ever have basil pesto?  Of course you have… did you love it?  I am assuming so!  Well last week on our camping expedition we experimented, of course, and made some cilantro pesto because well we didn’t have basil but we had cilantro.

Genius, I know!  Am I impressing you yet?  I didn’t think so.  Well well well, I knew I loved cilantro in all things such as salsas, chutneys, with lime and fish but you make a pesto with this stuff and you will be over the moon.  I paired it with the black bean burgers as a condiment and well – the crowd loved it.

It had a nice bite to it but the Parmesan cheese and pine nuts were such a nice balance.  At one point I thought I could smear this on the side of the camper and eat it.  The recipe is super simple.  Here is the low down.

The recipe below assumes you have a food processor. But all I had at camping was a blender.


  • 1 oz. Parmesan cheese ( cut into 1/2 inch pieces ) ( I only had grated )
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 2 Cups fresh cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lightly toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 Tsp. salt


  1. With the machine running, drop the cheese down the feed tube and chop about 10 seconds. Remove and reserve.
  2. Chop Garlic, then add cilantro and pulse about 20 times ( Scrape down sides).
  3. With the machine running, drizzle Olive Oil down the tube and process until mixed. (Scrape down Sides)
  4. Add pine nuts, reserved cheese and salt and pulse until nuts are chopped.
  5. Let sit and store in a jar
  6. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: As you build the pesto, make sure you taste it along the way. If you find it needs more salt, add some extra cheese and a little pinch of salt. If it is too thick and not blending/mixing properly add a little olive oil. Experiment and have fun!

Give this a try, I am confident you will like it.  Have a super weekend and I will touch base with you on Monday from the “WINDY City”.

Take care


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