A pesto with a little kick using a favorite snack I found at Trader Joe's -- Chili-Lime Cashews -- nummy! This pesto is great on pasta or with shrimp or fish. Brush on meat, chicken, or fish before grilling.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
3 mins
total:
18 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
4 cups
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Put the cilantro, parsley, lime juice, cashews, olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and grated cheese into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mixture is smooth, 8 to 10 pulses. If mixture is too thick, add more olive oil; if too thin, add more cashews.

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  • Pour into 4 one-cup freezer containers. Use one container within a few days; freeze the others for later.

Tips

Use plain roasted cashews if you can't find chili-lime cashews.

Serving suggestion: I put a dozen cooked shrimp, 2 cups cooked pasta, some frozen veggies and pesto in the microwave for 4 minutes until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

125 calories; protein 2.4g; carbohydrates 3.6g; fat 11.8g; cholesterol 3mg; sodium 246.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (6)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2009
I made this this weekend as a dip for focaccia sticks. I added 8 oz. of softened cream cheese & 5 oz. of plain yogurt to make it a creamy dip. It got rave reviews from all- delish! Read More
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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
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  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2009
I made this this weekend as a dip for focaccia sticks. I added 8 oz. of softened cream cheese & 5 oz. of plain yogurt to make it a creamy dip. It got rave reviews from all- delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2010
I don't have a Trader Joes so I roasted some pine nuts then sprinkled them with chili powder and lime (the powder). I left out the cayennne and added a little garlic. I put it on chicken I baked and mixed it in some rice beans & corn for the side. It was really good both my husband and I devoured it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2014
I made the recipe as written and the cashews were too prominent. It tasted like an herby nut butter. Delicious herby nut butter but not quite what I was going for. 2nd batch I used 3/4 cup of chili lime cashews and I love it! Omitted the cayenne because it seems there is enough chili in the cashews grated the zest in addition to the 3 tbsp. of lime juice and used 1/2 tsp of salt instead of 1 tsp. I think this will be great on roasted potatoes any meat (fish chicken beef...) or just eaten by the spoonful. Yum! Each batch got a bit over 1 pint of pesto. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2012
Tasty unique & simple pesto. Brushed it on beef kabobs with tasty results. Thanks for sharing! Reviewed First Faceless Frenzy Western Allstar division 2012 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2016
I really love this recipe! It is a great way to up left-over cilantro. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2019
I will definitely make this again! I added more garlic zested the limes and used more lime juice used nutritional yeast to keep it vegan. YUM!! Read More
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