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Cilantro Pesto Dip

Cilantro Pesto Dip

Here's a bold-tasting twist on pesto that incorporates classic Thai ingredients: sesame, lime, and, of course, cilantro. Our testers thought it was especially good with chicken and stir-fried tofu.


  • 2 cups packed cilantro, roughly chopped (about 1 bunch)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons hot water


  1. Combine everything but the water in a food processor.
  2. Pulse for 15 seconds while adding 1 tablespoon of hot water. Scrape down the sides and repeat. Serve with chicken strips, tofu, crostini, tortilla chips, cucumber, celery, carrots, or tomatoes. Makes 3/4 cup.