Cilantro Walnut Pesto Recipe

A recipe by Andrew Weil, M.D: A wonderful addition to pasta or soup and can be enjoyed as a dip or spread.

Nutrients Per Serving, Serves 16

Calories 50

Fat 4.7g

Saturated fat 0.4g

(84.2% of calories from fat)

Protein 1.2g

Carbohydrate 1.7g

Cholesterol 0mg

Fiber less than 1g



1 cup walnut pieces

2 cups cilantro leaves, stems removed

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

1 Tablespoon cider vinegar

1/4 cup purified water


  • Put the walnuts in a food processor and grind them fine.
  • Add the cilantro, jalapeño pepper, salt, vinegar, and 2-3 tablespoons of water and blend.
  • Blend in a little more water if necessary to make a thick sauce.
  • Taste and correct the seasoning, adding more salt if necessary.

Keep any leftover pesto in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container.