Recipe: Cilantro Pesto

photo courtesy of Country Living

I have said it before and I will say it again: I LOVE CILANTRO! It compliments many styles of cooking and can make just about any dish more flavorful. In addition to its flavor enhancing benefits, cilantro also offers some medicinal benefits. For instance, it is often used as a digestive aide to increase secretion of digestive enzymes, juices and acids. Its use as a digestive aid can help alleviate symptoms of gas. It has also been found that cilantro can help remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body by binding to them and loosening them from the body’s tissue, organs and blood. Additionally, it has been suggested that cilantro acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, relieving arthritis symptoms. Other reported health benefits of cilantro include:

  • Adds fiber to the diet
  • Relieves mood swing symptoms associated with menstruation
  • Helpful in alleviating anemia due to its Magnesium and Iron content
  • It has antibacterial properties, providing protection against Salmonella in food
  • Promotes healthy liver function
  • Rich in antioxidants, helping to boost the body’s immune system

For more on the health benefits of cilantro visit the Global Healing Center or simply do a Google search for the health benefits of cilantro and scan through the wealth of information that comes up.

Please note, I am NOT a doctor and am not suggesting in any way that cilantro will cure or should be used for treatment of any medical condition. However, I am suggesting cilantro as a cure for flavor boredom! Follows is my recipe for Cilantro Pesto — add it to baked chicken, pasta, shrimp or a sandwich for an instantaneous and easy flavor update!

You will need:

  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts or almonds
  • salt and pepper

In a food processor, blend cilantro, garlic, vinegar, nuts, salt & pepper and half of the EVOO. Slowly add in the remaining EVOO until pesto reaches your desired consistency.

What is your favorite way to incorporate Cilantro into your diet? Do you use herbs in your cooking for their health benefits? Share it in the comments section!!

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4 thoughts on “Recipe: Cilantro Pesto

  1. I also loooove cilantro! It’s so good. This recipe sounds great!

    I always put cilantro in anything Mexican that I’m making: tacos, quesadillas, cilantro lime rice, fajitas…

    • It’s that extra little ingredient that makes a big difference in Mexican food for sure! It is also great if you do any asian style cooking. I love adding in to a spicy fried rice or a bowl of rice noodle soup.
      I would love to hear what you add the pesto to and how you like it!! (:

    • I have never heard of lemon thyme, sounds great though! … I’m growing chives and basil as well. Planted some cilantro too, but it isn’t doing well. Is it difficult to grow garlic? I go through a ton of it, would be great not to have to buy it at the store all the time!

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