Avocado Relish with Cilantro Pesto

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 serrano chile, seeded and roughly chopped 

2 tablespoons pine nuts 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped 

2 ripe Hass avocados, halved, pitted and diced 

2 tablespoons lime juice 


  1. Put the garlic, pine nuts, serrano and some salt in a mortar and pestle and mash to a chunky, pesto-like consistency. Add the cilantro and continue to mash; the pesto should be very coarse.
  2. Put the avocados and lime juice in a bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Gently fold in the pesto until just combined, being careful not to mash the avocado too much.
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