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Cilantro & Pumpkin Seed Pesto


You all are too funny with your comments on mom hair! I think we all agree that its the whole package that counts… and that Halle Berry (short hair and all) does NOT have mom hair 😉

I was going through my kitchen the other day with a mission to remove all clutter from my cabinets… We have so much food that hasn’t been touched!

In an effort to not waste, I came across a giant bag of pumpkin seeds that I bought a while back. I have no idea why I even bought them… but I’m sure I had a good reason 😉

I’ve seen other bloggers make cilantro pesto before and I have to admit… I was a little intimidated by it. The only pesto I make and like is basil pesto.

I very nervously combined the cilantro, pumpkin seeds, and some garlic in a food processor and pulsed away….


A little olive oil, the juice of one lime, and some cumin were added in the mix…


I was AMAZED at how good this was!!!

I thought about adding a little jalepeno to it, but decided against it. Next time I’m adding in the hot stuff!


I made a chicken quesadilla for dinner and spread some of this on top. It was the perfect addition!


  • 2 giant handfuls of cilantro (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 pumpkin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt to taste
  • additional water if needed


Combine cilantro, pumpkin seeds, and garlic in food processor. Pulse a few times to break everything up.

Add in lime juice, cumin, and olive oil. pulse until nice and creamy. If the consistency is too thick, add a little water to make desired consistency… or you could add more lime juice. For a little kick, add one small seeded jalepeno to the mix 🙂


19 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on April 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Ohmigosh does this sound right up my alley! How yummy!

  2. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on April 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I’m one of those people that thinks cilantro tastes like soap. I wonder if you could make this with another herb instead…

  3. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on April 21, 2010 at 9:56 am

    This is so interesting! I am going to have to try and report back!

  4. christie @ honoring health said on April 21, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Sounds delish and I have all of the ingredients to make it! I am making black bean tacos later this week and bet it would be a perfect addition!

  5. Danielle (Coffee Run) said on April 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

    The pesto looks great! I love the greeness 😀

  6. adrienmelaine said on April 21, 2010 at 11:14 am

    That pesto looks so fresh and delicious- it would probably be good on halibut as well!

  7. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on April 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I think we had almost-identical meals last night – while I didn’t quite have cilantro pesto, I had a cilantro/avocado based coleslaw alongside a quesadilla!

  8. carolyn said on April 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    cool combo! a nice change from traditional pesto. i’m sure the flavor just “pops”!

  9. said on April 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    That looks delicious!

  10. Naomi (onefitfoodie) said on April 21, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    looks SO beautiful! sadly, I am not a huge fan of cilantro…but I am sure I could sub for basil!

  11. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on April 21, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I have never made pesto before. I am totally going to try this out and make it hot! I love cilantro!!!

  12. Ameena said on April 21, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I do that all the time … I buy things for no real reason and then end up having to be creative. This looks delicious!!

  13. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on April 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    YUM! I just made a quick pesto the other night with arugula and I need to try this one! The color is gorgeous!

  14. Carissa said on April 21, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Uumm… YUM!! The thought of using anything other than basil for pesto has never even occured to me. I know, I really think outside the box. 😉 It looks tasty. I’ll have to remember that for my Cinco de Mayo get together.

  15. Mo@MommyRD said on April 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    That sounds wonderful! I’ve made a cilantro pesto that had miso in it.

    Oh, and Ava eats hummus either way, spooned in by me, or she digs her hands right in her bowl and grabs it. I haven’t tried giving her anything to “dip” into it. I don’t think she’d get that yet. She loves hummus!

  16. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on April 21, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    great recipe b/c in the summer, cilantro is sooo abundant and is much cheaper than basil, which is a bonus 🙂 and pumpk seeds are usually cheaper than pine nuts…score!

  17. Talita said on April 22, 2010 at 6:18 am

    This sounds so tasty! With chicken sounds even better!

  18. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said on April 22, 2010 at 9:59 am

    That sounds wonderful!! I love to use pesto on pizza instead of traditional sauce!

  19. Nicole, RD said on April 26, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I was thinking while reading, “I wonder where she’ll use this”…quesadilla….brilliant! I love it! I will definitely try this!