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Dairy-Free Cilantro Seed (Coriander) Pesto

Dairy-Free Cilantro Seed Pesto
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In the last couple of years, I’ve tried something new with my cilantro. I found out from leaving it in my garden through the winter that it actually is a much hardier herb than I thought! It survived the winter and we had fresh cilantro growing very early in the spring. Instead of stopping it from going to seed, I just let it go and reseed itself so we’ve been enjoying fresh cilantro for months. We use the early cilantro leaves in tacos, of course, but I also add them to salads, cauliflower rice, baked chicken, and pretty much anything else I am cooking. Then I would use the cilantro flowers for bouquet arrangements like you would use babies breath.
I will admit, the cilantro plants did start to get out of control and by mid-summer, I had about 20 cilantro bushes all that had gone to seed and past their prime. I didn’t want to just throw them in the compost so I thought I would try making this Dairy-Free Cilantro Seed Pesto with them.
I have found that pestos are one of the best things to make no matter what herb it is. It doesn’t just have to be made with basil! Pesto is a great way to use up a bunch of herbs together.
Your basic template of making pesto is:
  1. At least a handful of herbs
  2. Olive oil
  3. Pine nuts, walnuts, or pecans
  4. Garlic, fresh or dried
  5. Salt
The most tedious part of this Dairy-Free Cilantro Seed Pesto recipe is pulling off all of the cilantro seeds. That can be a bit time-consuming. Turn on your favorite audiobook, tv show, or music and sit down and enjoy your time. The fastest way to get them is to hold the cilantro stem in one hand and pull the seeds off pulling away from the other hand. Or check out this herb stripper off of Amazon!

“This Dairy-Free Cilantro Seed Pesto is one of my favorite things to make because all you have to do is throw a bunch of stuff together and it turns out amazing.” -Alane

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Dairy-Free Cilantro Seed Pesto
5 from 1 vote

Cilantro Seed (Coriander) Pesto

When your garden gets out of control and you have a lot of cilantro seeds (coriander) make this pesto and put it on everything you make! My favorite ways that I've been using it are over eggs in the morning, on BurgerFit burgers, on salads, and over baked chicken. If you have other herbs or even some carrot greens left over, throw those in too! It comes out simply delicious.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Add-In, Topping
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, keto, Low WW Points, paleo, whole30
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 65kcal


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  • Put everything into the food processor and blend.
  • Add more salt and garlic as desired.


  1. If you eat dairy, pestos often have parmesan cheese in them and can add additional flavor to your pesto.
  2. Pesto can be stored in the freezer so make a big batch and then put in ice trays to freeze. Once frozen, put in plastic bags to store until ready.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Julie Ratchie says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for what seems like another awesome recipe Alane. I plan to do this recipe over the weekend. I have tons of pecans here and I can just quickly run to the store for some fresh cilantro! I am excited!

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