Easy, healthy cilantro pesto

Hi guys! Happy Wednesday (and Happy Birthday to my Madre)! πŸ™‚

I unofficially dub this week sauces and spreads week on the blog. First the chia jam, and now this lovely spread:

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My little herb garden has exploded. The basil is still waiting to catch up with the cilantro, but in the meantime, I was excited to make something using the abundance of this:

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I was inspired to make a pesto after quickly going through the tub I bought with the bolani bread at Costco. It was especially fantastic on bread, but would also be a great sauce for zucchini noodles, a wrap filling or chicken topping.

Here’s what I used:

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1/2 cup almonds

1 cup cilantro, tightly packed

1/2 cup spinach (for even more green color)

6 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves

Juice of 1/2 lemon

pinch of sugar

salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste

-Pulse the cilantro, spinach, almonds,  garlic and lemon juice until chopped

-Add seasonings and stream in the olive oil

Easy and delicious πŸ™‚

I got into San Francisco last night for a fun Stitch Fix event.

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I’ll be back later today with some adventures πŸ™‚



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  1. Yum! I have never had anything like this before but it looks and sounds so good! Your pictures have me drooling πŸ™‚

  2. I love making my own pesto! It tastes so much better than store bought kind. Cilantro pesto is a good idea!

  3. Up until a couple of months ago I really thought I absolutely hated cilantro, then I tried a ceviche with it and realized the amazingness that it is! I don’t know what I was thinking. I put it in everything now, so this pesto sounds right up my alley!

  4. I was glad to read a New York Times article last year which said that the hatred of cilantro is actually genetic. My dad loves it but my mom and I absolutely fear it and the way we (& other people i know who hate it) describe it is almost exactly the same. Yup, I’m that girl at the Mexican restaurants asking for zero pico de gallo. πŸ˜‰ lol

  5. Oh heck yes! This looks amazing! I’m actually not the biggest fan of basil pesto (except this whipped one at an Italian restaurant near my parents’ house) but I am all down with cilantro!

  6. yum, i love the idea of using cilantro and spinach in pesto. i think it would be delicious on baked chicken or fish.

    have so much fun in SF! πŸ™‚

  7. I’m so jealous of your cilantro! Mine always dies while my other herbs grows.

    Hope your Stitch Fix trip is just as fun as the last one! I swear, so many bloggers have been in the Bay Area in the last week.

  8. Super cute food photos Gina!

    I am anxiously awaiting Summer Shape-Up!

  9. This looks amazing! I love putting pesto on everything and anything. I really like it on salmon.

    And have so much fun at Stitchfix! I can’t wait for the recaps!

  10. Oh man, can’t wait to make this!

  11. Soooo I definitely need to plant some cilantro! I love it in all my Mexican dishes, yum πŸ™‚

  12. I have really noticed how much more professional your food photos look lately, nice work! I’m not a photog by any means, but I can tell you have been putting more effort into presentation and composition. I just made the chia jam this morning, and it was great, can’t wait to try the cilantro pesto. I bet it would be great on a grilled veggie wrap with corn, peppers, onions, and black beans!

  13. With regard to the “love it or hate it” theory for cilantro, I’m definitely in the love it camp. I can never have too much! This pesto sounds delicious!

    Can’t wait to hear about your Stitch Fix adventures!!

  14. I love pesto and like how it’s so easy to make!

    Can’t wait to hear about your San Francisco adventures!

  15. Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs, so this sounds divine! I’m thinking it would be perfect mixed in a chicken+veggie bowl. πŸ™‚

  16. Heather says:

    I see the almonds in the ingredients but not in the directions. When do those go in? Thanks!

  17. Never tried using cilantro in pesto. I have been growing lots of herbs in my garden and my cilantro plant is growing like crazy. Need to make this asap.

  18. HAHA- Adchoices is showing me an ad for a Smith & Wesson rifle across the top of your post.

  19. Yum!! Looks amazing!

  20. Can’t wait to hear more about your StichFix event!! And the pesto looks tasty! I’ve altered the greens and used kale instead of basil, but I’ve never used a different nuts…I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks for the yummy idea!

  21. An herb garden sounds so fancy. And yummy! That pesto sounds incredible and I would love to do that with some chicken and spaghetti squash. Looks great πŸ™‚

  22. Have fun at Stitch Fix – you deserve it. πŸ™‚

  23. LOOOVE StitchFix! I was there a couple months ago for a focus group and the office is really cool!

  24. I haven’t made my own pest in awhile. This looks so fresh and light!

  25. LOVE cilantro and LOVE pesto. can’t wait to put them both together to make this!

  26. Yum! I love all kinds of pesto, but I’ve never thought to try a cilantro version.

  27. I just moved to San Fran! We should plan a meet up! <3

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