Lemon Cilantro Pesto . . . A Summertime Sauce!

Fresh, zingy lemon juice & zest paired with bright green cilantro leaves . . . the combination is A Summertime Sauce.  Cilantro’s taste is a fragrant mix of parsley and citrus . . . so the match of this herb with lemon makes it simply perfect together.  Add in the nutty richness of pine nuts, the boldness of garlic, the smoothness of olive oil and a hit of sea salt to intensify all the flavors . . . and presto, you got pesto!
The ease of making homemade pesto leaves me wondering why one would even consider buying store bought.  So have I convinced you yet?  Surely, you are willing to dust off the food processor, throw in a few ingredients, give it a whirl and be left with a summertime sauce that will excite your taste buds!  Don’t make me beg!  Because once you make it, I am sure you will thank me or better yet . . . keep making it all summer long.  
This pesto is a mouthful of summer . . . bright and zesty!  Lemon Cilantro Pesto just gives that healthy, fresh and easy summertime meal an extra pop of flavor.  Now, that is my kind of summertime meal.  Summer is the season to be spent outdoors, a time of more play than work, a feeling of leisure and possibly a hint of lazy.  It is also a time to eat light and simple and fresh . . . so keep your meals easy and fun!  This pesto is a delicious summertime sauce to have in your refrigerator that just enlivens your meals!  No need to be stuck in your kitchen while the sunshine is calling you!
Lemon Cilantro Pesto from CLEAN START by Terry Walters
1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove, peeled
3 tablespoons pine nuts
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Place all ingredients in a food processor and puree until combined.  Transfer to a bowl and allow flavors to blend.
Lemon Cilantro Pesto has been drizzled over my roasted string beans, added into my quinoa salad with roasted bell peppers, dolloped my sun-dried tomato risotto and taken my mayo to a new level.  Where will it show up next?  Maybe slathered over a piece of roasted corn-on-the-cob . . . oh my, I simply can’t wait!
To turning a simple summertime meal into a spectacular summer sensation . . . with one easy addition of Lemon Cilantro Pesto at a time!  Hugs, M.


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