Cilantro Chili-Lime Cashew Pesto

Cilantro Chili-Lime Cashew Pesto

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"A pesto with a little kick using a favorite snack I found at Trader Joe's -- Chili-Lime Cashews -- nummy! This pesto is great on pasta or with shrimp or fish. Brush on meat, chicken, or fish before grilling."
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18 m servings 125 cals
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Original recipe yields 16 servings



  • Calories:
  • 125 kcal
  • 6%
  • Fat:
  • 11.8 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs:
  • 3.6g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 3 mg
  • 1%
  • Sodium:
  • 246 mg
  • 10%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Put the cilantro, parsley, lime juice, cashews, olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and grated cheese into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mixture is smooth, 8 to 10 pulses. If mixture is too thick, add more olive oil; if too thin, add more cashews.
  2. Pour into 4 one-cup freezer containers. Use one container within a few days; freeze the others for later.


  • Use plain roasted cashews if you can't find chili-lime cashews.
  • Serving suggestion: I put a dozen cooked shrimp, 2 cups cooked pasta, some frozen veggies and pesto in the microwave for 4 minutes until heated through.


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I made this this weekend as a dip for focaccia sticks. I added 8 oz. of softened cream cheese & 5 oz. of plain yogurt to make it a creamy dip. It got rave reviews from all- delish!

I don't have a Trader Joes so I roasted some pine nuts then sprinkled them with chili powder and lime (the powder). I left out the cayennne and added a little garlic. I put it on chicken I bake...

Tasty, unique & simple pesto. Brushed it on beef kabobs with tasty results. Thanks for sharing! Reviewed First Faceless Frenzy Western Allstar division 2012

I made the recipe as written and the cashews were too prominent. It tasted like an herby nut butter. Delicious herby nut butter, but not quite what I was going for. 2nd batch I used 3/4 cup o...

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