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Pumpkin Seed–Cilantro Pesto

Pumpkin Seed–Cilantro Pesto
Serves 4
Bon Appetit gives us this recipe for Pumpkin Seed-Cilantro Pesto, and suggests we pair it with pan-seared salmon, rice, pasta, roasted vegetables or chicken.
  1. 1½ teaspoon and ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, separated
  2. ½ cup shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  3. ½ cup (firmly packed) cilantro leaves and stems
  4. ½ teaspoon cracked coriander seeds
  5. ½ garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  6. 1 tablespoon (or more) fresh lime juice
  7. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat 1½ teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pumpkin seeds; sauté until beginning to brown and pop, about 2 minutes. Transfer seeds to paper towels to drain; let cool. Reserve skillet.
  2. Pulse 6 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, cilantro, coriander seeds, and garlic in a food processor until coarsely chopped. With machine running, gradually add 1 tablespoon lime juice, ¼ cup oil, then ¼ cup water, blending until coarse purée forms. Season pesto to taste with salt, pepper, and more lime juice, if desired.
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