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Coriander lime pesto
4.73 from 22 votes

Coriander and lime pesto

The most delicious flavour combination, my Coriander and lime pesto is a lovely change from the traditional basil variety. 
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 bunch/s fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 clove/s garlic -crushed (if not using a processor)
  • 60 g raw cashew nuts (¼ cup) toasted
  • 30 g parmesan cheese (2 tablespoons) finely grated
  • 1 lime/s juice and zest
  • 20 ml macadamia nut oil (1 tablespoon)


  • 1 red chilli/s


  • In a food processor grate the parmesan and garlic and set aside. Thermomix 10 seconds, speed 6.
  • Place the coriander and cashews in the processor and pulse until just chopped. Thermomix pulse 2-3 times or until chopped when you look through the lid.
  • Mix in the parmesan, lime juice and zest and macadamia oil (and optional chill) until combined and serve. Thermomix 10 seconds reverse speed 3.


  • Drizzle with a little olive oil to seal it and prevent it discolouring.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Can also be frozen in a airtight container or even in ice-cube trays (and then cubes put into an airtight container once frozen).


Dairy-free and vegan

Omit the parmesan. I'd suggest adding a couple of tablespoons of nutritional yeast for cheese flavour and even a handful of ground macadamia nuts to replace the parmesan, but that's optional too.


Replace the cashews with the same amount of sunflower seeds.

Different nut

I love this with macadamia nuts too. 

Variations (for the kids)

One of my blog readers recently shared how she got her children to eat leafy greens. She makes pesto and not just the basil variety. She also adds in kale, spinach or whatever else the market has on offer. Spinach is very mild tasting, so you could easily add this to any type of pesto, without the kids noticing.


Seek out a really good, flavoursome coriander and fresh lime. I've made coriander pesto in the past and it's been good, but not this good. Your farmers market will have the freshest, most seasonal produce for the most delicious and nutritious pesto.


Do you have any pesto combinations that you just love? Please share them by commenting below.