Cilantro Pesto & My Summer Pasta Salad


If you read my previous post, you know that our summer in Seattle has been not so summery. So, I've been trying to put out positive summer vibes for the universe to give me some sunny hot days! And, of course, to really get that summer vibe going, especially sans sun, it helps to create and cook vibrant and fresh summery food!

When I think of summer, I think of barbecues, cookouts, and picnics! And when I think of these occasions, I think of burgers, hot dogs, and pasta salads. But, wait. You should really think twice before you breakout the recipe for Ol' Aunt Fannie's boring, replayed pasta salad. Don't you want to treat your family and friends to something different and unique? Well, I've got the perfect recipe for you.

I love cilantro. I reeeeally love cilantro. In fact, it's my favorite herb. I am not a fan of parsley. Not too fond of basil. Cilantro usually ends up being my substitution for most recipes calling for either one - like pesto!

This cilantro version is just as simple and packed with flavor  as its traditional cousin. And, as with basil pesto, it has many uses. In preparation for all the summer events ahead of me, I chose to test it out in a pasta salad. I paired the fresh cilantro pesto with some penne pasta, grilled chicken, hearts of palm, red pepper and queso fresco. I can tell you that this is certainly going to be a hit this summer!

If you get the chance to make this recipe, let me know how you used it. My mind is already spinning with a bunch of different recipes I can use it in!


Cilantro Pesto
©Food Samba

1 cup cilantro
1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
1 tsp garlic
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

In a food processor, combine cilantro, pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse until everything is well incorporated. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Enjoy!


Magic of Spice said...

This looks perfect...we make cilantro pesto frequently and my son loves to make mini flat bread pizza with the pesto :)
I would love to try it in a pasta salad too :)

Christine's Pantry said...

New to your blog. Nice blog. Great recipe. I'm following now.

The Duo Dishes said...

This might be good on your mango and shrimp crostini too. Just saying!

herbal products said...

Pesto salad is a good meal to try as well. You can have it mix with other spices.