You just can’t go wrong with avocados – even in a pesto!
Avocado Cilantro Pesto is so creamy and delicious. Adding fresh cilantro in the place of fresh basil to a pesto, gives it that south of the border twist. Avocados, cilantro and lime are the perfect match, don’t you think…?
When my husband and I were first married back in the mid 70’s, we lived near the border of Mexico in a tiny border town called Columbus. It actually had dirt streets and we could walk across the border into Mexico.
We learned then when it was the correct time of the day to say “Buenos dias”, “Buenos tardes” and “Buenos noches” because the border guards would correct us if we got it wrong. This was all very new to us just in our early twenties and coming from New Hampshire!
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Anyway, this is where my love affair with avocados began. Especially being a vegetarian, they became a staple of my husband and I’s favorite sandwiches – avocado, tomato, cheese and alfalfa sprouts! Many restaurants called a sandwich like that “The Hippie”. Yep, that’s how people thought about a sandwich with avocados and sprouts like that back then!
Things have changed a lot since that time.
Avocados in just about anything are so popular and mainstream. Just take a look at all the avocado toast and avocado rose pictures on Instagram.
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This pesto has no added oil, only the whole food benefits of the naturally occurring fat of the avocado. It’s so creamy as it is, that no other oil is necessary.
This is a very easy recipe to make and comes together very quickly – creamy deliciousness! We like that right?
To get the smooth consistency for a sauce like on the noodles in the picture, use a high speed blender like a Vitamix to make it ultra creamy and smooth. For the thicker consistency like in the jar, using a food processor is the way to go!
The noodles I used with this pesto are brown rice rotini pasta, but any noodles would be great. You could even use it with rice to make an Avocado Cilantro Pesto rice, as a dip for veggies or crackers, spread on toast or a sandwich, a baked potato, thinned out a little as a dressing, etc. Put it on anything that sounds good to you – even by the spoonful if that’s your thing! 😉
- 1 1/2 large ripe avocados or 2 medium
- 1 cup cilantro leaves, packed tightly, large stems removed
- 1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 1/2 limes, juiced, about 4 1/2 - 5 Tbsp
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
Combine avocado, cilantro leaves, pine nuts or walnuts, garlic, salt, lime juice and nutritional yeast in a food processor with the metal S blade and process until well combined and creamy - stop and scrape the sides of the processor as needed. ***See Notes***
Serve over noodles of your choice, rice, baked potatoes, as a dip or spread, etc.
Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and serve
***If you want your Avocado Cilantro Pesto super creamy and very smooth for more of a sauce consistency, blend in a high speed blender like a Vitamix***
Inspired by: Avocados
I hope you’ll give this simple, tasty and healthy recipe a try!
Buenos dias amigas and amigos or is it buenos tardes or buenos noches? Well, whatever time it is – ENJOY!
Have a good one
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