Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro pesto is surprisingly mild and can be delicious on pasta, breads and meats. You can also use arugula as a substitute for the cilantro in this recipe.


1 bunch cilantro

5 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon cayenne or chile pepper

1/2 cup roasted walnuts


1/2 cup olive oil


In an electric food processor, blend the ingredients together, starting with 1/4 cup of the olive oil.  Add more olive oil until the pesto reaches your desired consistency.  The pesto can be warmed before tossing it over pasta.  It also stores well.

meal or course
brunch, buffet, dinner, hors d'oeuvre, lunch, main course, pasta, side, snack
recipe type
entertaining, quick + easy