cilantro pesto recipe
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Cilantro Pesto Recipe (Dairy Free)

A delicious cilantro pesto recipe with hints of lime, garlic, and olive oil. Pumpkin seeds provide the crunch and add healthy fats. Add this pesto to meats, eggs, salads, soup, and so much more. 
Prep Time6 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Condiment
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Katie Wells


  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro about 1 cup, packed
  • 1 clove garlic or more to taste
  • 1 TBSP lime juice or more to taste I sometimes add a whole juiced lime
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Cut the toughest parts of the stems off the bunch of cilantro. Rough chop the rest and add to a mini food processor.
  • Peel garlic and add. 
  • Add lime juice. 
  • Pulse food processor a few times until cilantro is chopped but not completely fine.
  • Add pumpkin seeds and pulse 5-10 times to form a rough paste. 
  • Add the olive oil and pulse until desired consistency. 
  • Enjoy and repeat the process when you run out!


To store, keep in a small jar and top with olive oil to keep the air out so it will last longer.


Serving: 1/4 cup | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.2g | Protein: 2.9g | Fat: 17.9g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Sodium: 3mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 0.3g