cilantro pesto {LA}


i absolutely love cooking and being in the kitchen. there is something so rewarding about discovering a new recipe or a new ingredient and then creating a delicious meal. recently, i find myself coming home from the farmers market with loads of fresh herbs: mint, dill, basil, and tons of cilantro. this week while reading one of my all-time favorite food blogs, i came across a recipe for sarah britton’s {green giant cilantro pesto}. loving all things cilantro . . . i cannot say enough about this little recipe. its so simple and so easy, but with a big punch of flavor and that amazing bright cilantro zing. this stuff is seriously good on everything; toss it into a pasta dish, add a little to jazz up a sandwich, or mix a bit in with quinoa and steamed veggies. and of course, i have to share a few photos with you!

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cilantro pesto*:
4 bunches fresh cilantro
1 peeled medium sweet onion
Juice of 3 lemons
¼ cup toasted pine nuts
¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper 
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp agave nectar or honey
Salt to taste

trim ends off cilantro bunches and place them in a large bowl of fresh water, dunking them several times. drain water and repeat once more to be sure that all of the dirt has been removed. in a blender, puree onion in lemon juice. add cilantro (both leaves and stems), and remaining ingredients to blender and blend until mix is uniformly green. salt to taste.

*i did modify the recipe slightly from sarah’s.  please take a look at her fabulous website {my new roots} to learn all about cilantro and to check out the original recipe.