Cilantro Pesto

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Recipes
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A Heart-Healthy Sides & Sauces Recipe

  • 4 cups, loosely packed, of fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup flax oil (high-lignan if possible)
  • ½ cup raw walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese (optional)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Sea salt to taste

Using a food processor or blender, purée alternating quantities of cilantro, oil, walnuts, flaxseeds, and garlic. Add cheese and salt (if desired) and finish with a last whoosh. Of course, feel free to play with the proportions of the ingredients, depending on the consistency you want and your taste. This pesto freezes well. Just wrap in single serving “blobs,” folded into aluminum foil or plastic wrap packets, or freeze in small plastic containers. Use it on pasta, vegetables, or as a tapenade spread for veggie sandwiches.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): Calories 290, Fat 28 g, Carbs 4 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 7g

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