Pumpkin Seed, Lime and Cilantro Pesto

Pumpkin Seed, Lime and Cilantro Pesto

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  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup or more olive oil
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder (optional)
  • Hot sauce, to taste


By hand: Place cilantro, garlic, pumpkin seeds and salt on a cutting surface. Drizzle with a little oil and squeeze half the lime over the ingredients; add zest. With a knife, chop the ingredients into evenly coarse pieces.

Place the mixture in a mortar and crush with the pestle, drizzling with more oil as you go, until the ingredients are very well blended. Stir in the last of the lime juice, chipotle powder and hot sauce to taste.

In a food processor: Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and blend until chunky.