{Recipe; Vegan MoFo} Roasted Cashew and Coriander Pesto


We don’t seem to have much luck when it comes to growing coriander in our backyard. We are fortunate to have well-established parsley, oregano, rosemary, mint, and garlic chives plants. But coriander does not thrive in our little herb garden.

Fortunately for us, big, beautiful, fresh bunches of coriander are available for a pittance at our farmers’ market.

We use coriander in salads, stir fries, Thai curries, and pesto.

Today’s pesto recipe contains roasted cashews, raw pine nuts and coriander. The oil content ensures that it is spreadable and easily stirred through pasta shells or spirals. For a pesto recipe with a lower oil content, see this recipe.


Cashew and Coriander Pesto

Quantity: makes 1 1/4 cups


1 1/3 cups raw cashews

1/4 cup pine nuts

3 tightly packed cups coriander leaves (some stem is OK)

2 cloves garlic

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup extra virginΒ olive oil


1. Spread the cashews onto a baking tray and roast in a warm oven for about 10 minutes. Allow the cashews to cool before using them in the recipe.

2. Wash and dry the coriander leaves (I use a salad spinner), and put them in a food processor with the cashews, pine nuts and garlic cloves. Process for 30 seconds.

3. Scrape down the sides of the food processor using a spatula. Add the salt and olive oil. Process for 30 seconds.

4. Taste the pesto, and add more salt if desired. Process for a further 15 seconds (if required).

5. Serve with your preferred gluten-free pasta.

Scoop leftovers into a glass jar with a lid, and store in the fridge. Yummy on toast!


The Tiny Vegans’ Verdicts

All of the tiny vegans enjoy this pesto stirred through pasta. As they find raw garlic spicy, I keep the garlic content low in this recipe.

Two cloves is low for us. πŸ™‚

Thanks for sticking with me through Vegan MoFo. The ‘finish line’ is in site. Wishing you all a beautiful day. πŸ™‚



About Ally
Mamma. Vegan. I blog at Made of Stars.

15 Responses to {Recipe; Vegan MoFo} Roasted Cashew and Coriander Pesto

  1. Andra Muhoberac says:

    I LOVE coriander, and my family loves it, too. Never tried coriander pesto, however. (I am crazy about cashews in my basil pesto, by the way. So smooth and yummy.)

    I threw some coriander seeds out into my little garden last year and I’ve had bits coming up continually–not a LOT of it but enough to add to curries and such. Weird. So, I threw some more seeds out a few days ago when it was hot here. We’ll see what happens. Another funny thing is that parsley just seems to appear in our garden. I’ve never planted it. It was even coming up out of the bottom of a birds of paradise plant in the front garden of our townhouse. I wish I could have some tomatoes to do that!!!

    • Ally says:

      Hi Andra! πŸ™‚

      I hope your new seeds sprout. You obviously have better luck with coriander than I do.

      We have random appearing plants here too – usually cherry tomatoes and pumpkins. A watermelon once! I assume that the seeds come from our compost bin (even if they aren’t growing anywhere near it).

      I adore cashews and macadamias in pesto.

  2. narf77 says:

    I LOVE pesto. I don’t eat it much as I tend to overindulge on just about everything in life and pesto is no exception ;). Cheers for sharing this gorgeousness with us Ally. Perfect for the rainy weather we are having, slathered all over pasta πŸ™‚

  3. Loz says:

    That looks super yum. I’m a big fan of pesto in all its forms.

  4. The Veggie Green says:

    So definitely no lemon? Sounds grand πŸ™‚

  5. I keep telling myself I’m going to start an herb garden, but I never do! I know I will one of these days, especially since herbs are not-so-cheap at my local farmer’s market. This pesto sounds yummy Ally! Celeste πŸ™‚

    • Ally says:

      Hi Celeste,
      Do it! You won’t regret it. πŸ™‚ I relish being able to walk outside and pick fresh leaves. We don’t have a huge range but I use what we do have regularly. I add fresh leaves to salads, green smoothies, pasta, soups, etc.
      Our herbs thrive with a system of benevolent neglect. πŸ™‚

  6. Sophie33 says:

    I made just now your divine green tasty pesto & it is superb, Ally! xxx

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