6-Ingredient Vegan Nutty Cilantro Balsamic Pesto a.k.a. So PESTOin’ Obsessed Witchu!

6-Ingredient Vegan Nutty Cilantro Balsamic Pesto a.k.a. So PESTOin’ Obsessed Witchu!

Hello lovelies!!!


Okay, so Mondays are most often dedicated to catching up on blog posts for this weekend’s meal prep recipes! I already got a couple of them up (& some of you have already attempted them, which makes me BEYOND happy!), but I’ve still got ways to go! Next up is this amazingly delicious, creamy, rich & flavourful & need I say, super easy to make, nutty cilantro balsamic pesto!

Not only is it super flavourful & delicious, but it’s also packed with naturally detoxifying herbs, antioxidants, fibre, healthy fats, plant protein & all the vitamins & minerals you need to add a little dose of energy to your meals!

It’s rich, creamy, thick & silky smooth! The flavours come together so nicely & it pairs well with anything from fish to grilled chicken to seafood to a good ‘ol steak! You can even use it as a spread in a burger, sandwich or wrap, spread it on rice cakes or crackers, use it as a veggie dip or as a more nutritious tortilla chip dip!

The balsamic vinegar adds a hint of natural sweetness to complement the nuttiness of the walnuts & pistachios & the freshness & crispness of the cilantro! OHMAHGAWD!!! I am salivating just thinking about it!

I’m sure you guys have noticed that I don’t use olive oil a lot & that’s because I cook a lot & olive oil doesn’t have a very high smoke point. The thing about good quality oils is that if they are heated beyond their smoke point, they actually lose a lot of their beneficial properties & nutrients. So, an oil that was originally packed with healthy fats, vitamins, minerals & nutrients essentially becomes EMPTY CALORIES, A.K.A. NOTHING. To read more about good & bad oils, hydrogenation & smoke points, click here: GROCERY TIP: The Nitty-Gritty on Chemically-Extracted, Expeller & Cold-Pressed Oils & What Oils I Use (& Don’t Use) In My KITCH!

All this to say, I tend to only use olive oil in marinades or salad dressings (sometimes) & IN PESTOS! That’s what brings us here today!

So what are some of the benefits of the foods in this pesto?

Olive oil is anti-aging, a natural anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, good for bone health & may help fight osteoporosis, helps control blood pressure, facilitates digestion, fights diabetes, promotes hair growth & heart health, improves memory, lowers bad cholesterol, and may help treat arthritis. It contains tons of antioxidants, vitamins E & K, as well as healthy omega fatty acids.

Pistachios help repair skin & membranes, are a great source of potassium & beneficial for bone health. They contain tons of antioxidants, which helps the body fight free radicals, oxidative stress & boosts immunity. They are also full of B vitamins, which are a vital source of energy & improve cognitive function & mental clarity. They also help in blood formation & stabilize good & bad cholesterol levels in the body.

Walnuts are rich in protein & healthy fats & are considered brain food. They may help ease constipation & other digestive health issues, promote restful sound sleep, improve heart health & promote healthy weight maintenance. They are one of the most fibre-rich nuts. They may also help reduce stress levels, maintain healthy blood sugar & cholesterol levels & are very beneficial for those fighting diabetes or at risk for heart disease.

BTW, I know a lot of people just aren’t down with cilantro. IF YOU’RE ONE OF THEM CILANTRO HATERS, WE CAN’T BE FRIENDS. No, I’m kidding. But as a Moroccan Jew, I pretty much have cilantro running through my veins. Anywho, if you aren’t down with the cilantro, you can swap it for dill, mint or parsley!


  • 1/2 cup raw organic pistachios
  • 1/2 cup raw organic walnuts
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin organic olive oil
  • 1/2 cup organic balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 heaping cups of cilantro, chopped (OR dill, mint or parsley, if you prefer)
  • The juice of a large lemon OR 2 small ones
  • Sea salt & black pepper to taste


  • Add all the ingredients to the bowl of your food processor & pulse until smooth & desired texture is obtained.



  • Store in an airtight container & refrigerate.
  • ENJOY! 🙂 



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