From soup to salad dressing–I think my posts are becoming as random as this weather!
Growing up, we rarely had bottled salad dressings in the house despite the fact that we always had a salad every single night. We used to simply add good olive oil and red wine or balsamic vinegar and that was pretty much it–simple, but delicious salad dressing. Today, I pretty much follow the same trend, though I am guilty of purchasing this ranch dressing whenever I’m lucky enough to come across it in a store.
But the other night, I ordered a salad while dining out and decided to be a bit more adventurous than normal and order the cilantro lime vinaigrette which was still pretty much just oil + vinegar + cilantro, but it still felt adventurous at the time!
And since I’ve been eating a ridiculous amount of kale salads this winter, I was inspired to change things up and started by creating this imitation salad dressing.
Fresh cilantro has long been one of my favorite ingredients, so I combined an entire bunch (minus as many stems as I had the patience to pull off) with olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, serrano pepper, agave syrup, salt, pepper, and non-fat plain Greek yogurt to add a little indulgent creaminess without actually indulging.
This dressing would also make a wonderful marinade for chicken and salmon, something I hope to be trying soon!
Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing
Makes about 1 cup
1 bunch cilantro
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 serrano pepper
1 large shallot
2 limes, juiced
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon agave syrup
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
Combine cilantro, olive oil, serrano, and shallot in a food processor. Pulse until completely combined.
Pour mixture into a mixing bowl and add in lime juice, vinegar, agave syrup, and Greek yogurt and stir together.
Store in an airtight container and use as salad dressing or marinade, and enjoy!
Time: 7 minutes