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vegan cilantro pistachio pesto in a jar with a spoon

Cilantro Pistachio Pesto

Flavorful cilantro pistachio pesto made with fresh cilantro, roasted pistachios, garlic, lime juice and a kick of heat from jalapeño. This easy pistachio pesto recipe comes together in just five minutes and is delicious on pasta, chicken, fish and more. Skip the store bought pesto for good!

Course Condiments, Dairy Free, Sauce, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cilantro pistachio pesto, vegan pistachio pesto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 180 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 3/4 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup shelled roasted pistachios
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons water, to thin pesto
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Add all of your ingredients to the bowl of a food processor: cilantro, pistachios, jalapeño, garlic cloves, lime juice, olive oil, water and salt and pepper. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides and processing again, if necessary. Serves 4.

Recipe Notes

Not into pistachios: you can easily sub cashews, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds or even sunflower seeds for the pistachios. I love cashews best!

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Pistachio Pesto
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (based on 4))
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2.2g14%
Carbohydrates 5.6g2%
Fiber 1.9g8%
Sugar 1.5g2%
Protein 3.4g7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.