Around here, we just pulled out what was left of our winter cilantro crop from the smaller hoop house. I had a grocery sack full of it in the fridge, and i stood gazing at it yesterday just before dinner. I want to ask you dear reader, what would you have done with it? The old me, say a few months ago, that me, would have thrown it away. At that time, I only ate it fresh in soups, salads, and other foods like salsa and burritos etc. The new and transformed me, made cilantro pesto with it. Have you ever heard of that? Have you ever tried it? OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! I’m going out on a limb here and saying that I like it more than basil pesto. Yup, it’s that good, and so easy to make. If you have a food processor, get to it!
1 bunch cilantro, fresh (or more if you’re hooked)
5 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
salt to taste
Put it all in your food processor and whiz it up. Taste it. If it doesn’t taste how you want it to, add more salt, or more walnuts, or more cheese, or even more oil. It’s something you have to work with and design how you like it. Cook up some of your favorite kind of pasta and add the pesto to the pasta and stir it up. Serve and enjoy. It’s totally yum, it would even turn a cilantro hater, like my son into a cilantro lover.