Cilantro Lime Sauce

 In Mexican, Sauces, Under 30 Minutes, Vegetarian

Whenever I get street tacos they always come with some sort of delicious, creamy green or white sauce that ties those tacos together. But what is it? What is this mystery sauce? And how come every time you try to duplicate it you end up with something that looks like it came out of a Gerber, baby food jar?

Typically this is because when you try to emulsify things doing it too quickly or adding too much of one thing can cause the different components to separate, and no amount of blending will ever bind them back together. But instead of giving you an earful on the chemistry of emulsification, today I’m sharing a pretty fail-proof sauce.

We’re using a yogurt base which is so thick and fatty already its gonna hold together really nicely. Just don’t blend the yogurt or it will turn to a watery consistency and you will be very sad. But since I already made that mistake and told you about it, you are now saved. 😉

This sauce is super simple, tangy, creamy and lightened up because we’re just using greek yogurt and vegetables! The perfect guilt-free addition to your meats or veggies.

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Cilantro Lime Sauce

Difficulty: Easy

Yield: 1 Cup Sauce
Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 2 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • ½ Head Cilantro
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • Pinch of Salt

Directions:

Cut the stems off the cilantro bunch. Don’t worry about picking off each individual leaf, a little bit of stem will add great flavor.

Cut the Jalapeno into chunks. If you like it less spicy remove the ribs and seeds.
Add the Cilantro, salt, lime juice and Jalapeno to the blender.

Pulse the blender a few times and then blend until the mixture is smooth, adding 1-2 Tablespoons of yogurt if needed. Whisk the pureed greens into the yogurt and taste it, add more lime juice or salt if needed. Serve with tacos, fajitas, chicken, shrimp or steak. Enjoy!

 Here is a list of the tools you’ll need to complete this recipe. If you don’t have these already, you can click on the photo and purchase it on Amazon.

  • Blender
  • Chefs Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups

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Recipe:

Cilantro Lime Sauce

Difficulty: Easy

Yield: 1 Cup Sauce
Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 2 min

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • ½ Head Cilantro
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • Pinch of Salt

Directions:

Cut the stems off the cilantro bunch. Don’t worry about picking off each individual leaf, a little bit of stem will add great flavor.

Cut the Jalapeno into chunks. If you like it less spicy remove the ribs and seeds.
Add the Cilantro, salt, lime juice and Jalapeno to the blender.

Pulse the blender a few times and then blend until the mixture is smooth, adding 1-2 Tablespoons of yogurt if needed. Whisk the pureed greens into the yogurt and taste it, add more lime juice or salt if needed. Serve with tacos, fajitas, chicken, shrimp or steak. Enjoy!

Tools You'll Need

 Here is a list of the tools you’ll need to complete this recipe. If you don’t have these already, you can click on the photo and purchase it on Amazon.

  • Blender
  • Chefs Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups

We keep Cleaver Cooking in business through affiliate links that you see here and we get a small percentage when you purchase an item through our links.
We do our best to recommend quality products but please note that not all products have been tested and we can’t guarantee your satisfaction.
If you already own similar items feel free to use those tools instead.

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Cilantro Lime Sauce Makes 1 Cup 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt 1 Jalapeno ½ Head Cilantro 1 Lime Wedge Pinch of Salt
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