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Cilantro-Pepita Pesto

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


1-1/2 cups

Updated: Oct. 12, 2022
This flavorful recipe is one of the ways I came up with to use all the cilantro in my garden. Serve it with pasta, tortilla chips for dipping or in any dish that needs perking up. —Ami Okasinski, Memphis, Tennessee
Cilantro-Pepita Pesto Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/3 cup salted pumpkin seeds or pepitas, toasted
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Place the first five ingredients in a food processor; cover and pulse just until chopped. Add the lime and lemon juices and salt; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 82 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 130mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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