Monday, May 11, 2009

Cilantro Pesto

The first time I ever had tofu (or probably cilantro for that matter) was from Whole Foods - cilantro pesto tofu. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Thus began my love affair with cilantro. Then I discovered that some people don't like it. In fact, there is a whole website devoted to hatred of cilantro: Nevermind them. When our friend posted on Facebook that she had more cilantro from her garden than she knew what to do with, I quickly offered to take some of it off her hands, and I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.

I made this cilantro with walnuts and parmesan cheese, similar to a basil pesto, just subbing in cilantro. I plan on emulating my favorite Whole Foods dish and tossing it with oven-baked tofu for some quick and easy lunches next week.

Cilantro Pesto
source from common pesto ratios

2 cups cilantro, packed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup walnuts
1/2 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste


In a food processor, combine cilantro, walnuts, and garlic. Pulse to combine.

Slowly add olive oil in a stream while food processor is running, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed. Add the cheese and pulse again until blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.


brannyboilsover said...

This looks great!

Mary Ellen said...

I have always wanted to make this - glad to see a success story!

That Girl said...

I sub in anything green to make my pesto - cilantro, mint, parsley, broccoli, spinach.....

Joelen said...

I love pestos and this looks like a great one to try!

Daniel said...

Thanks for sharing another really easy and inexpensive recipe KMAYS! Especially when you can get your cilantro for free (!) from a friend's garden.

Casual KitchenPS: I love the ihatecilantro site. Particularly the haikus.