Cilantro Chili-Lime Cashew Pesto Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Cilantro Chili-Lime Cashew Pesto Recipe
  • READY IN 18 mins

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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Original recipe makes 4 cups Change Servings
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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • READY IN

    18 mins

Directions

  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.
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Footnotes

  • 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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Reviews More Reviews

Jul 28, 2009

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!

 
Mar 19, 2010

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 baked and mixed it in some rice, beans & corn for the side. It was really good, both my husband and I devoured it.

 

5 Ratings

Jul 01, 2012

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

 
Nov 07, 2014

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 of chili lime cashews and I love it! Omitted the cayenne because it seems there is enough chili in the cashews, grated the zest in addition to the 3 tbsp. of lime juice, and used 1/2 tsp of salt instead of 1 tsp. I think this will be great on roasted potatoes, any meat (fish, chicken, beef...), or just eaten by the spoonful. Yum! Each batch got a bit over 1 pint of pesto.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 125 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.6 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 11.8 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 246 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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