Cilantro & peanut pesto

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A fresh and simple take on a pesto, this cilantro and peanut pesto switches it up from the traditional basil & pine-nut pesto while still tasting just as heavenly. Experimenting with pestos is something I love, different herbs, different nuts and an endless amount of flavour combinations. It works great as a spread, stirred through some pasta or veggies or even acceptable to eat by the spoonful!



  • 2 cups fresh cilantro/ coriander
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, dry roasted
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1-2 green chillies*(optional)
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

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Toss all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for a few minutes. Adjust the amount of olive oil and add more if required, based on how smooth or textured you prefer your pesto.

Note: Dry roasting the peanuts enhances the flavour! You could just as easily skip this step but it’s worth the few extra minutes for a lot more depth.

If you give this recipe a go, I’d love to see how it turned out. Leave a comment below and share your pictures on Instagram using the tag #thecookbooklife!

Stay healthy!

Nikita xx


2 Comments Add yours

  1. domesticatedguy says:

    Looks amazing! I’ll definitely have to give this a try 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much! 😀


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