Cilantro Walnut Pesto

Yield: 16 servings
Calories: 50
Theme: New
cilantro pesto sauce

Top your Roasted Squash Soup with this delicious pesto by Dr. Andrew Weil and chef Rosie Daley. This is model Camila Alves' favorite pesto and one of her go-to recipes. 


Recipe from The Healthy Kitchen: Recipes for a Better Body, Life, and Spirit. Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. 


  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 2 cups cilantro leaves, stems removed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar


1. Put the walnuts in a food processor and grind them into a fine powder.


2. Add the cilantro, jalapeño pepper, salt, vinegar, and 2-3 tablespoons of water and blend. Blend in a little more water if necessary to make a thick sauce.


3. Taste and correct the seasoning, adding more salt if necessary.


4. Keep any leftover pesto in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container and use as a dip or spread.

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