Cilantro & Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

Hi Friends!

It’s been a while, but it’s time for another Secret Recipe Club post!

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This month I was assigned to Katherine’s blog: Katherine Martinelli. She has a beautiful blog and takes amazing photos. I drooled over pretty much everything, and after much deliberation I finally decided I was so intrigued by her Cilantro Pesto that I had to give it a try!

A few weeks ago, I was tweeting with Lauren and she was telling me how much she loved this roasted red pepper pesto! I was immediately in love and bookmarked the recipe. When I decided to make this cilantro pesto, I thought it’d be the perfect time to add in a roasted red pepper to it to tone down the cilantro a little.

So I made a few changes to Katherine’s recipe. I used almonds instead of pine nuts because I had them on hand, added a red pepper, decreased the oil and didn’t use any cheese!

Cilantro & Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

by Lindsay L

Prep Time: 5 min

Keywords: food processor healthy vegetarian red pepper cilantro

Ingredients (1/2 cup)

  • 1 roasted red pepper, skin & seeds removed
  • 1/3 raw almonds
  • 2 cups cilantro leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
  • parmesan cheese if desired


Place the almonds and garlic in a food processor and pulse several times.

Add the cilantro and red pepper and process until smooth.

Slowly pour in the olive oil and process until well blended.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze.

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It turned out really well! I served in on some salmon but i’m putting the rest in the freezer for the next time I feel like making some bruschetta….and i’ll use the rest to make some pesto pasta. YUM!


Thanks to Katherine for the inspiration!

Weekend Workout- Saturday:

I put together a stability ball workout with cardio blasts. Each exercise was done for 50 sec. followed by 10 sec rest. This took 20 minutes, followed by an optional 5 minute ab workout that could be done once or twice.

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If you’re not sure how to do any of these exercises using a stability ball, just google them! There are tons of videos out there to show you, but here’s a quick run down: One legged squats- place the ball between your back and a wall. Stand on one leg and squat down. The ball will roll down the wall with you. Seated shoulder press- Sit on the stability ball and do shoulder presses like normal Hamstring curl- Lay on the floor and place one foot on top of the ball. Roll the ball towards you using your hamstring and then roll it back out. Chest press: Place your feet on the floor and your upper back on the ball. Perform chest press like normal. One Legged Wall Sit- Place the stability ball between your back and the wall. Stand on one leg and roll down the wall until your leg is in a seated position. Hold. Seated lateral raises- Sit on the stability ball and perform lateral raises as usual Split squat- Put one foot, laces down on the top of the stability ball. Stretch your front leg out to a lunge position. Squat up and down. Decline pushups- Put your feet on the stability ball and your hands on the ground and do pushups. Abs: Oblique lifts- google this one Incline plank- Do a plank but put your forearms on the stability ball and keep your feet on the floor Knee tucks- put your hands on the floor and your legs on the stability ball. Pull your knees towards your stomach, rolling the ball in with them and back out Crunches- lay with your back on the stability ball and your feet on the floor and perform crunches like normal Enjoy! –Lindsay–

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Sounds like pesto perfection – I’ve yet to try pesto on salmon.
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  2. This looks AMAZING. I’m making it asap. (:
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  3. sounds like a great new pesto recipe. yum!
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  4. That will go right in my mouth and never make it on to a meal 😉
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  5. Cilantro pesto was one of the first recipes I made on my blog! It was a Thai-style pesto with peanuts….I think this twist with roasted red peppers would be delicious, though. :)
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  6. Love this idea! I make cilantro pesto a lot, but never thought to add the red peppers. I’d be mixing it in with some black beans and jalapenos for a Mexican dish!

  7. Wow looks amazing pretty lady <3 I starred it so I make it soon

  8. This looks yummy, although I am not a fan of Salmon. I might try this on another type of fish or maybe chicken. Plus I like pesto and I feel I don’t make them enough.
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  9. That looks so good and lucky for me I have all the ingredients on hand!
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  10. What a delicious sounding recipe.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

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  11. I finally found GF pasta that tastes just like “real” pasta, so I’m gathering all of the pasta recipes I can find! This will be perfect!
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  12. What a nice change from the usual pesto sauce.
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  13. this is the coolest club! i want to join. Or i just want sample, can i do that? hehe

  14. I can pretty much guarantee – nay promise – that once I get my food processor fix (or replaced), I will be making this.

    I promise I make good promises – I still have the dog treats in mind. Sorry for that! :)
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  15. oh yum! love pesto
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  16. WOw, what a delicious and quick pesto. Definitely pinning this!
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  17. I love the flavor punch pesto adds to your food – great mixture! Cilantro is one lf my favs!
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  18. Lindsay thank you so much for your sweet introduction to my blog :-) I am so happy you chose the cilantro pesto – it’s one of my all time favorites! Your changes sound wonderful, I will definitely have to try it that way from now on! I’m following you on Pinterest and Twitter now too 😀
    Katherine Martinelli recently posted..Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

  19. I love pesto of any kind. I just finished making a poblano pesto and it was out of this world. Cannot wait to try your roasted red pepper pesto! Thanks for sharing

  20. I love Katherine’s blog. Great adaptation of her recipe!
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  21. Oh how wonderful to get assigned Katherine’s blog. She is such a lovely lady. You made a great choice here. I love roasted peppers so I would guess this pesto would be right up my alley. It looks so full of flavor.
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  22. I’d skip the salmon (not a fan) but that pesto looks and sounds phenomenal. That ingredient list! Love the color too.

  23. LOVE making pesto. Will have to add this one to the list.

  24. Pesto on salmon– definitely a classic (and a common way to serve it here in the Northwest). One-legged wall squats with a stability ball– I’ve done those. I figure skate so it’s really important for me to have the strength in those one-legged squats so I can do a sit spin.
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