5 Minute Cilantro Pesto

Usually I’m not a purchaser of herbs.

With the exception of basil (mm), I usually make do without. Reason being is that I will buy it for a recipe and use about 4 stems of the cilantro, before it slowly turns to a brown-y green mush in my vegetable drawer. Which then forces me to plug my nose every time I open the fridge until I FINALLYYYY throw it out. This 5 minute cilantro pesto changes the fridge game, completely.

This weekend was different. No particular reason why, but the smell of the cilantro was just so enticing (I am part of the 50% of people that LOVE the herb) that I figured I would find a way to work it into my meals for the week.

5 Minute Cilantro Pesto

I already had a couple jalapenos and parsley in my cart, so my mind was moving quickly! I had planned to make some Mexi-inspired stuffed peppers for the week, and was thinking about the green avocado dressing that came with my last Mexican restaurant outing. I needed a sauce like that on the side!

Usually I douse anything Mexican-themed in Frank’s hot sauce, but this 5 minute cilantro pesto alternative is MUCH healthier. There’s a hint of spice, a splash of lime, and some garlic to give it a kick! After heating up my stuffed peppers at work, I generously spread my homemade pesto all over the pepper.

It was the perfect addition!
5 Minute Cilantro Pesto

I was pretty rough with my estimates, but I just ended up throwing in about half the bunch of cilantro I bought, ¼ of the parsley, some avocado, garlic, lime juice and the jalapeno. I added a couple tablespoons of olive oil initially, slowly adding more based on how well the sauce was blending. I had to stop a few times and scrape down the sides of the food processor before all the ingredients blended together neatly.

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5 Minute Cilantro Pesto Perfect for on top of fish, meat, salads, or whatever else you think of

5 Minute Pesto Cilantro
Print Recipe
This homemade twist on pesto is the perfect addition to any meal! Spread it on your fish, meat, or even stuffed peppers. The perfect side.
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
5 Minute Pesto Cilantro
Print Recipe
This homemade twist on pesto is the perfect addition to any meal! Spread it on your fish, meat, or even stuffed peppers. The perfect side.
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1/4 bunch parsley
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 1/2 avocado add more if you want it creamy
  • 1 lime squeezed
  • 1 tsp salt
Servings: cup
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients together in a food processor or blender. Blend until your desired consistency. You may need to scrape the sides down a few times. Add more olive oil as you see fit

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  1. This sounds amazing. I love cilantro based sauces. YUM!!!!

    • beverleyc

      25 March

      Agreed! I can’t get enough of it

  2. I love cilantro and pesto. :))) <3

    • beverleyc

      25 March

      Then this is perfect for you!

  3. Yuuuuum! Cilantro + lime= everything

    • beverleyc

      25 March

      Agreed!

  4. Yum! Yum! Yum! I LOVEEEE pesto and I am sure this recipe is delish! Pinning!

    • beverleyc

      26 March

      Thanks girly!!

  5. This sounds fantastic! I’m a huuuuge cilantro AND pesto fan – I bet combining the two is crazy delicious!

    • beverleyc

      30 March

      It was!! So yummy

  6. YUM! Can’t wait to try this, looks perfect for spring. Love the vibrant colors!

    • beverleyc

      30 March

      Thanks Alexandra! I too was a fan 🙂

  7. Lushhhhhh!!! I love the addition of avocado, making this soon!

    • beverleyc

      30 March

      I know, i was so glad i had some handy 🙂

  8. showmetheyummy

    1 April

    Cilantro pesto is literally the best! Love that you used jalapeno and avocado, too!!

    • beverleyc

      3 April

      Yes! Just for that added kick 🙂

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