Searching for an easy way to liven up your meals? Add a fresh sauce! Let me introduce you to my newest favorite– this rejuvenating cilantro and hemp seed pesto. It’s made simply with fresh cilantro, hemp seeds, garlic, optional jalapeño (for some heat) and olive oil.
Even if you normally don’t like cilantro, there’s a strong possibility you’ll enjoy this sauce. My hubby is normally in the “no cilantro” camp, but he kept going back for spoonfuls of this pesto.
I’m using the term “pesto” loosely here, given that traditional basil pesto is made with basil, pine nuts and Parmesan. Instead of pine nuts, I used hemp seeds, which are high in protein and key minerals, consisting of potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.
When combined, the hemp seeds end up being so great and creamy that this sauce tastes complete without cheese. This nut-free and dairy-free pesto would be excellent with basil also.
This recipe is influenced by a cilantro-hemp sauce that I took pleasure in at Real Foods Kitchen in Kansas City. They serve it on their “Ancient Grains Bowl,” which is topped with sweet potatoes, onions, portobello mushrooms and avocado. Naturally, this sauce matches all of the above, as well as almost any meal with Mexican-inspired flavors. You’ll find more concepts below!
Cilantro Pesto Serving Recommendations
This cilantro pesto tastes delicious on meals with Mexican flavors, or with practically anything that could gain from a burst of fresh, organic taste. I believe it would be great on corn on the cob. It’ll unite any standard mix of beans and whole grains (you’ll see this sauce on a burrito bowl below). Or, include a dollop to your remaining salad to wake it up.
Here are some Cookie and Kate recipes that could gain from a spoonful of cilantro pesto:
- 10- Minute Quesadillas
- Black Bean Tacos
- Chilaquiles Rojos
- Easy Refried Beans with Cilantro-Lime Rice
- Favorite Breakfast Tacos
- Garden-Fresh Corn Salad
- Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole
Craving more delicious sauces? Here are a few of my favorites:
- Aji Verde: Creamy, spicy Peruvian green sauce with cilantro and jalapeño.
- Basil Pesto: True Italian pesto with basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic and olive oil.
- Chimichurri: Strong Argentinian parsley sauce with red onion and red white wine vinegar.
- Shatta: Middle Eastern hot sauce with cilantro, parsley, walnuts and great deals of jalapeños.
- Tzatziki: Greek sauce or dip with yogurt, cucumber, dill or mint.
- Zhoug: Spicy, olive oil-based, Middle Eastern cilantro sauce.
Extra hemp seeds? Make my easy vegan Parmesan cheese, or sprinkle them straight onto your salads, yogurt, breakfast toasts, etc.
- Author: Cookie and Kate
- Preparation Time: 10 minutes
- Overall Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2/3 cup 1 x
- Category: Sauce
- Approach: Food mill
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Diet Plan: Vegan
This cilantro pesto recipe is made with hemp seeds! It’s a fresh and healthy sauce that spruces up a variety of meals. It’s really excellent with Mexican flavors. Recipe yields 2/3 cup– it’s so excellent that you may as well double it.
- 2 cups jam-packed cilantro leaves with tender stems (from 2 little bunches)
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- Optional, for heat: 1 medium jalapeño, seeds and ribs got rid of, roughly chopped
- 1 garlic clove, approximately chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, more if desired
- In a food processor, combine whatever however the olive oil (the cilantro, hemp seeds, optional jalapeño, garlic and salt). Process till the ingredients are really finely chopped, stopping briefly to scrape down the bowl if essential.
- While running the machine, drizzle in the olive oil. Continue processing until the mix is well integrated and almost creamy in texture. I developed this sauce to be rather thick; if you ‘d prefer a thinner sauce, drizzle in a bit more olive oil while running the machine.
- Usage right away or shop in an air-tight container in the fridge for approximately 5 days (I think it would freeze well for up to 3 months, but I have not attempted). This sauce will turn a bit darker on top throughout storage, however it’s perfectly edible.
Dish inspired by the cilantro pesto at Real Food Cooking Area.
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