Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles

Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

I love making pesto with basil during the summer months when I have an abundance of it, but…during the rest of the year, cilantro pesto holds it’s own at a fraction of the cost! This pesto is dairy free, unlike a traditional pesto. I don’t think it sacrifices anything though, because the avocado and toasted cashews add a delicious creamy depth of flavor.

Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday! Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday! Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

Be sure to remove any big stems from the cilantro before coarsely chopping it.

Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

I like the flavor of this pesto with the cashews lightly toasted because it adds a good amount of richness. If you want to keep this recipe completely 100% raw, skip the toasting step.

Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday! Tip: I find it easiest to use a spoon to scoop the avocado out of it’s shell rather than trying to peel it!

Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

Place all of the ingredients for the pesto into a blender or food processor. The blender produces a slightly smooth pesto but the food processor works as well.

If you’re using the blender: blend on low speed using the tamper to keep the ingredients moving along. It will take a couple of minutes for the pesto to come together.

If you’re using the food processor: process the ingredients together, stopping as needed to scrape down the sides until the pesto is mostly smooth

Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

This pesto will keep for up to 1 day if you place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pesto and store it in the refrigerator.

Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

If you’re serving your Cilantro Pesto with Zucchini Noodles, make a full recipe and cut up lots of fresh tomatoes, (about 3 cups) for a topping.

Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

Toss the noodles together with the batch of pesto and arrange them on plates or in a serving dish. Finally, top the noodles with the tomatoes or pass them on the side.

Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday! Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles | Get Inspired Everyday!

This time, I served my Cilantro Pesto with zucchini and summer squash ‘noodles’ but it’s also amazing as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or fish. It also makes a great topping for Stir-Fried Vegetables on the Grill, or stirred into scrambled eggs for breakfast!

Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles
 
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Serves: makes 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 bunches of cilantro, (4 ounces)
  • ½ cup cashews, lightly roasted
  • 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 2 Teaspoons sea salt
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced, measuring 1 Tablespoon
  • 1 recipe of Zucchini Noodles
  • Freshly chopped tomatoes, about 3 cups
Instructions
  1. Coarsely chop the cilantro, leaving most of the stems behind.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on a low speed using the tamper to keep the mixture moving. It will take a couple of minutes before the pesto becomes fairly smooth.
  3. If you're using a food processor: process all ingredients, scraping down the sides as necessary until the pesto is mostly smooth.
  4. Serve immediately as desired or with a recipe of Zucchini Noodles and freshly chopped tomatoes.
Notes
To keep this recipe totally raw, skip roasting the cashews.


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9 Comments on “Cilantro Pesto over Zucchini Noodles”

    1. Kari

      Whenever I’m toasting any kind of raw nut, I place them in a thin layer on a cookie sheet or oven proof pan, and roast them at 300ºF for 15-20 minute, or until lightly golden brown. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

    1. Kari

      You could substitute any mild onion, the whites of a green onion, shallot, or any sweet onion would work. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know how it goes!

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