Curried cilantro-lemon pesto

Curried Cilantro-Lemon Pesto from Recipe RenovatorFresh, bright Meyer lemons blend with cilantro and curry powder to create this super-easy, super-fast dip or spread. Bonus, it’s raw, made with whole food ingredients that are full of anti-oxidants and healthy fats and fiber.

I love regular pesto, even without the parmesan. I’m always looking for ways to use up extra cilantro, as I never seem to find a recipe that uses up an entire bunch. I came up with this recipe when I was experimenting with adding curried raw garlic to cilantro and blending it. This recipe will take all your extra cilantro and create a tasty, unusual dip that’s full of bright flavor and a little zip. No measuring needed!

Suitable for:

vegan, gluten-free, low-sodium, paleo, reduced-sugar diets

Not for:

migraine diets

Other great versions of cilantro pesto are found on:
Simply Recipes
Kath Eats Real Food
Shockingly Delicious

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I like this curry powder:

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    Curried cilantro-lemon pesto
  • Curried cilantro lemon pesto blends up in five minutes, is super-satisfying, cleansing, and detoxifying.
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8 servings 5 minutes 5 minutes


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  1. Wash the cilantro and shake it dry. Trim off the ends, then cut the cilantro into the food processor bowl.
  2. Wash the lemon and cut into eighths, removing any seeds. Add to the food processor.
  3. Crush the garlic cloves with the flat blade of a chef's knife to make it easier to remove the papery husks.
  4. Add the garlic, walnuts, and curry powder to the food processor. Blend, stopping to scrape down the sides once or twice. You may need to add some additional lemon juice or olive oil if the lemon is not very juicy or your ratio of drier ingredients is higher.
  5. Serve as a dip or spread.

Recipe notes

Per serving:

  • 50 calories
  • 5 g fat
  • 0 g cholesterol
  • 51 mg sodium
  • 18 mg potassium
  • 2 g carbohydrate
  • 1 g fiber
  • 0 g sugars
  • 1 g protein
  • 2 Weight Watchers Points Plus

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  1. says

    Cilantro pesto with curry powder – I like the sound of that!

    You can make Indian style cilantro chutney to use up a bunch (cilantro, garlic, green chili, cumin seeds). You can add mint to it as well.

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