Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

I remember years ago I had a yummy cilantro lime chicken salad at the Nordstrom Cafe. One of the things that really made the salad stand out was the cilantro lime dressing. I'm pretty sure I asked the waiter what was in the dressing, he said he would find out, and he came back with a printout of the recipe! Score! However,  I never ended up making the dressing. And when I decided I wanted to try it out the other day, the recipe was nowhere to be found. Bummer! But, thanks to the world wide web, I was able to find several versions of the recipe online. I found one I liked and I made some changes to it, and I loved it. I used it on a salad with lettuce, corn, queso fresco cheese, and lots of other tasty things. I'll share that recipe soon! But for now, here is the recipe for the cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Oh, this dressing also makes a great marinade for chicken. I had extra dressing, so I put it in the slow cooker with chicken, extra lime juice, a tad of orange juice, and some spices. Yum! 

Recipe for Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup of rice vinegar
2.5 Tbsp. of honey
1/2 tsp. of chili powder
1/4 of a small jalapeno, sliced thin
1/8 tsp. of kosher salt
1/3 cup of canola olive oil blend (or just canola oil)
1 cup of fresh cilantro
Put all of the ingredients except for the oil and cilantro into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are well combined. With the food processor running, slowly pour the oil through the feed tube, a little at a time. Add the cilantro to the bowl of the food processor. Pulse until the cilantro is completely chopped up and the dressing is smooth. Taste, and adjust flavors if needed. Pour the dressing into an airtight container and put in the fridge for about an hour before using. Use on a salad or as a marinade for chicken. Enjoy!

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    1. Hi Audra,
      The bulk of the calories really come from the oil and honey. It depends on how much you use on your salad. I think one tablespoon would be around 50 to 60 calories


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