Mint cashew pesto

Mint Cashew pesto


This is a delicious savoury mint pesto with cahews!  I love this pesto!  It is so perfect for a summer sandwich/salads/pasta.

The mint adds a hint of freshness to this pesto.

This really goes for any dish. Feel free to add a bit more olive oil if the pesto is too dry or more salt and pepper if needed.  I made our favorite pasta (spinach pasta) and tossed together the pasta, pesto and some reserved cooking water. I topped the pasta with a sprinkle of mozerella cheese. It was divine. Simple and delicious.

Preparation time-10 minutesIngredients:

  • Fresh mint leaves-2cups
  • Cashew-1/3cup
  • Garlic clove-2
  • Olive oil-2tbsp
  • Green chilli-1 (or use red pepper flakes if you feel chillies make pesto hot)
  • Salt-to taste
  • Lemon juice -2-3tbsp (as per the taste)


  • To make the mint softer and easier to process blanch it first.

Blanching mint:

  • Keep a bowl of cold water with some ice cubes in ready
  • Bring a pot of water to boil, once the water is boiling place the mint in it.
  • Keep the mint in hot water for about 45sec-1minute, no longer.
  • Using slotted spoon, transfer the mint to the bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process. Then place mint into a colander and squeeze it to remove excess liquid.
  • After squeezing excess water place mint and rest of the ingredients in the blender/food processor and blend until smooth.

Serve over pasta with bread, vegetable or in quiche.


About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on September 1, 2014, in Dips, Dips, Indian, International. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I have never tried blanching mint. What a great tip!


  2. I have made pesto with Spinach, this is quite interesting 🙂


  3. Mint sounds great will try soon in pesto Chitra


  4. Love cashew in a pesto! Yum…


  5. Yum Yum! I have done a mint almond pesto using our bounty of mint from the garden.


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