Cilantro and Avocado Pesto

Cilantro and Avocado Pesto

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time:
  • Total: 10 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

Adding avocado to this cilantro pesto adds smoother texture and a richer creaminess than the traditional recipe. Use immediately or press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pesto prior to refrigerating.


  • 1-1/2 cups (lightly packed) fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the cilantro, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and garlic into a food processor and process until the mixture becomes a smooth paste.
  2. With the processor’s motor running, slowly pour the oil down the processor chute and continue to blend until thoroughly combined. Add the avocado and puree until blended.
  3. Transfer the pesto to a bowl and season to taste with salt, pepper and fresh lime juice.


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