Herb-Almond Pesto

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Fresh chiles and lime juice give this herb-almond pesto a pleasant kick. Serve with baked tortilla chips or use to top burgers or fish.

Herb-Almond Pesto

Makes: 2/3 cup

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  • 2 cups lightly packed fresh cilantro, or parsley
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted (see Tip)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Combine cilantro (or parsley), almonds, jalapeño, garlic and salt in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Add oil, yogurt, lime juice and pepper; process until the mixture forms a paste.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent discoloration.
  • Tip: To toast chopped nuts: Place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.


Per tablespoon: 46 calories; 4 g fat (0 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 g fiber; 31 mg sodium; 42 mg potassium.

Exchanges: 1 fat

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