Warning. If you do not like Cilantro or not a big fan of it, this recipe will make you fall in love with it so handle yourself carefully. 🙂 Ok now that we are done with the warning, lets talk a little bit about this vegan pesto. The Cilantro & mint vegan recipe will make you ditch the store bought pesto for good! Its yum, its flavorful and above all easy to make.
It’s so creamy and tasty that my kids & hubby beg me to make it and store it so they can enjoy it with their favorite pasta or as a spread for sandwiches and wraps. I have to confess too that lately my brand new secret obsession has been Pesto. I have them on eggs, pasta, toast, breakfast, at lunch, for dinner. This pesto has vibrant color , creamy (and totally lickable) pesto.
This beautiful Cilantro & Mint Vegan Pesto whips up in minutes in the food processor so no more store bought pesto sauces. You control the ingredients that go in it and above all its gluten free. Pesto is a shortened form of pestato, past participle of pestare which means “to pound” or “crush”. Usual suspects in the pesto sauce are fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, and grated cheese.
This recipe is a different take on the Pesto sauces as i like to make different kinds of pesto sauces at home, usually by tossing handful and dashes of ingredients into the food processor, adding in your favorite nuts or greens . R2 and R3 loves Cilantro & Mint Pesto and they eat it with hard boiled eggs for breakfast, spread onto sandwiches for school lunch and mixed in with chicken or seafood either baked on pan fried for dinner. The possibilities are endless.
For those of you who are dairy free or vegan this pesto doesn’t have a shred of animal products. For the cheese lovers out there I promise with this Cilantro & mint vegan pesto you won’t even miss the lack of Parmesan.Cashews give the perfect creaminess in the pesto.
Add all ingredients except for olive oil in a food processor .
Turn processor to high and add olive oil in a slow steady stream. Start with 1/4 cup and add more olive oil until pesto reaches desired consistency.
Store it in the refrigerator for upto 2-3 weeks.