Cilantro Pesto

Don’t be like me. I have the horrible habit of buying fresh cilantro with high hopes of making awesome dishes. 

Inevitably, five days later I find myself looking at not-so-fresh cilantro, with no salsa, pico de gallo or much else to show for it. 

This time I had enough of my inexcusable behavior so I made pesto out of my cilantro that was quickly going to spoil.

I used this pesto on some homemade pizza dough before adding tomato sauce and it made my hypothetical skirt fly up. Ah-mazing.  

Cilantro Pesto 
1 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano, grated
2 tbsp pine nuts 
black pepper, to taste

1. Rinse cilantro and pat dry or let sit out until completely dry. This is important. You don’t want watery pesto because your cilantro was wet! Trust me.
2. Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until throughly combined. 
3. Enjoy on pizza, pasta, crackers or by the spoonful. 

Again, sorry for the sub-par quality of my photograph – I’m not lucky enough to have natural daylight when I cook most of the time. I should probably make this a disclaimer with every post. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Cilantro Pesto

  1. Laura says:

    I'll have to try cilantro pesto. I planted some cilantro this year, but it didn't do very well. Maybe I'll have more luck with my zucchini and can try your zucchini recipes!

  2. Kitchen Belleicious says:

    this looks so wonderful! i love pesto and the addition of cilantro gives it that extra kick. can't wait to try it out- we are pasta lovers so should make this soon. new to your blog and you have some great recipes. I am following you now

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