It was that time I was in a pinch. I had invited guests over for dinner, and had run out of basil. I recall I was making seitan and vegetable skewers brushed with pesto, over yellowed rice. I had no time to to rush off to the store, so I scoured my fridge to see what alternative was available. I had used walnuts in the past along with basil, so the walnuts were not a big deal. I decided on cilantro, and a partnership was formed. I’m certain I’m not the first to do this. The combination of cilantro and walnut is a great marriage of flavors, and one that I have continued to enjoy. I hope you enjoy it as well.
CILANTRO WALNUT PESTO
yield: 2 cups
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup roasted walnuts
2 cups of cilantro
1 tsp. garlic
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp of salt, or to taste
1 Tbsp. of water to adjust texture (if you are using a blender)
1. Wash Cilantro. Roast walnuts until scent is apparent.
2. Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
*Serve on pasta, brush on skewers, or use as a sandwich spread. So many options.