I am really into making homemade fresh salad dressings this summer. When I was out of town last month in Cabo, I came home and my husband had planted various hanging fresh herb baskets in our backyard. Needless to say I was beyond excited, and this DIY Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette recipe will be the first of many recipes including fresh herbs in the coming months. This vinaigrette can be drizzled over salads, fish tacos, seafood, pork and chicken. We served it last night over a big mixed salad with grilled shrimp, and it was divine! If you want to grow your own cilantro this summer, it’s super easy. It just needs good sunlight and water almost every day.
Fresh cilantro is very low in calories, and its green leaves contain antioxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which may help reduce the “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood. It’s also high in potassium, calcium, folate, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It’s also said to be a detoxifying food.
DIY Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (2 to 3 limes)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, stems removed
1. In a container of a food processor or blender, combine lime juice, vinegar, garlic, salt and sugar. Blend until all ingredients are combined. Add the oil in a steady stream. Add cilantro and blend until the cilantro is chopped. Serve with greens, chicken, seafood, pork, fish tacos or any Mexican type of Mexican salad.