Coriander and cashew pesto

Coriander pesto

Coriander (cilantro) and cashew pesto makes a nice change from the usual basil and pine nut pesto.   Coriander pesto provides you with a lot of variety as it can be used to flavour soups (such as my carrot and coriander soup), as a dip, on bruschetta, in a stir fry, as a dressing for some beautiful roast vegetables, as a flavouring for meat, or on pasta.

coriander pesto

Cashew and Coriander Pesto


1 bunch of coriander (cilantro), washed, roots removed
2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 cup of cashew nuts, lightly roasted
1/2 cup of parmasen, grated
1/4 cup of olive oil
Sea salt
Cracked pepper



1. Place all the ingredients, except for the olive oil, in a food processor, and blitz until well combined.

2. Whilst the food processor is still running, add the olive oil, a little at a time, until the pesto has your desired consistency.  Feel free to add more oil if you prefer a more loose pesto.

3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.



You can vary the above recipe by adding any (or all) of the following:

  • Chilli
  • Lemon juide
  • Lemon rind
  • Lime juice
  • Lime rind
  • Ginger
  • Substituting the cashew nuts with hazelnuts

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2 Comments on "Coriander and cashew pesto"

February 13, 2011

Oh nice one. I always make the usual pesto but you are right, this would be a nice change. Will have to try it out :) yum.
Emanuela @

I love those nutty and herby pestos. like you mentioned I sometimes stir it through a bowl of pasta for a quick meal! :)