Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro Pesto

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Fresh Cilantro Pesto

When the winter chill gets just a bit too chilly and you have been indoors for a while you start dreaming of… cilantro pesto! In all seriousness your first thought in the middle of the winter is likely not cilantro pesto. But, this easy to make, yummy pesto will be a memorable treat no matter the occasion and will compliment just about any meal.

Fresh foods and sunshine are really a welcome sight and this dish gives you that bright glimpse of green. Yet, this cilantro pesto dish is wonderful anytime of year and cilantro pesto can be enjoyed as a side dish, or main dish

This recipe is simple and we like it that way. With only cilantro, parsley, garlic, cashews, olive oil and salt you can’t go wrong. This pesto is creamy and can be a great sandwich spread, salad dressing or spread on grilled veggies and meats.

We use a Magic Bullet or Ninja smoothie blender to get a creamy consistency. You can use any type of smoothie blender that works well for you. This pesto keeps well in the fridge and reheats nicely. Larger quantities of cilantro pesto can be made and keep to eat on the run, making hectic life just a bit yummier.

cilantro pesto in magic bullet

This recipe can also be adjusted easily to be a bit spicier with more garlic or creamier with more cashews. The result is a fresh super green vegan dish that goes with just about anything.

fresh cilantro pesto


Cilantro Pesto

A yummy vegan pesto that stands alone as its own dish or compliments many different meals. This recipe is easy to make and sure to bring a smile to your face.

  • Author: Jenpardee
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 1-2 cups 1x
  • Category: Vegan
  • Method: fresh
  • Diet: Vegan


  1. 2 bunches of fresh cilantro (if the bunches are small you can use 3)
  2. 1 bunch of parsley
  3. 2 large garlic cloves
  4. 1/2 cup of crushed cashews
  5. 3 tablespoons (or a splash) of olive oil
  6. 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  7. A splash or up to 1/4 cup of water


  1. trim the stems off the parsley and cilantro
  2. crush the garlic with a crusher
  3. crush the cashews if you have whole or halves. The cashews needs to be well crushed to give the creamy texture before they are buzzed in the Magic Bullet
  4. Pack the parsley and cilantro, olive oil, cashews, salt and a splash of water into the magic bullet. If it is packed too tightly it may take some shaking up and down or a bit of extra water. If the pesto is too runny after mixing just blend in some more cashews and it will thicken it up.


For folks who don’t want it to be too spicy you can go easy on the garlic. The cashews absorb the garlic and the salt.

The parsley helps the flavors blend well and will keep the pesto green. You can reduce the amount to have more cilantro flavor in the foreground.

Keywords: pesto, cilantro pesto, green, sauces

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