Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro pesto

If you’re looking for a simple sauce that packs a punch of flavor, Cilantro Pesto is where it’s at! I know cilantro is one of those love it, or hate it herbs, but in our home, we love it! We just can’t get enough!

Cilantro pesto

Crazy Flavorful

This pesto is so crazy delicious. It’s definitely flavorful, and the best part is it’s just a few ingredients. Crazy right?

  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pecans
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper

Cilantro Pesto Ingredients

Cilantro imparts the freshness, and garlic adds, well, amazing garlic flavor, Parmesan cheese is added for some saltiness and more delicious flavor. Don’t forget a quality olive oil. These four ingredients are great together, but it was just a little too bitter and strong for me so I decided to add pecans. They add a touch of much needed sweetness and gives it more body and crunch. Finish with a dash salt and pepper!

What Does Cilantro Pesto Go With?

Bring a serious pop of flavor to your day!

  • Spoon over chicken, beef, fish or vegetables
  • Mix with sour cream or cream cheese to make a fun dip 
  • Enhance burritos or tacos
  • Use as a marinade
  • Toss it with pasta or rice
  • Use it as a condiment for French fries, sweet potato fries, tater tots, or onion rings!
  • Add a bit more oil and a dash of lime juice to make a salad dressing.

It’s just so amazing on anything…everything!

Sautéd chicken with cilantro pesto

How To Make Cilantro Pesto

It’s really quite simple to make. All you need is your ingredients and a food processor or blender and you’ll have your finished pesto in a matter of minutes. The star ingredient, cilantro, is whirled around with garlic, pecans, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper until smooth. Make it thicker or thinner by adding more or less olive oil. You decided depending on your application of the pesto! Once all the ingredients are twirled together, it’s ready to eat and enjoy!

Making pesto

Cilantro pesto in glass bowl
Cilantro Pesto Recipe

5 from 2 votes

Cilantro Pesto

Crazy flavorful sauce that complement many different foods.

Course Side Dish
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 Cups Cilantro
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 3/4 - 1 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Pecans
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper


  1. Place the cilantro, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pecans into the food processor. Twirl together.

  2. While the food processor is on, stream in the olive oil.

  3. Finish with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Enjoy on your favorite foods!

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Cilantro Pesto is super flavorful, zesty and will freshen up any dish!

Cilantro Pesto Sauce that’s amazing on everything!


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