Easy cilantro lime “sauce”

When we lived in San Diego my favorite fast food was Rubio’s. I loved their fish tacos, and haven’t found anything to compare in Spokane. After quite a few failed taste tests at restaurants, the hubs and I gave up and decided to make our own instead.  I can’t remember exactly what the Rubio’s white sauce tastes like, just that it was amazing and an essential ingredient! Sunday night I whipped up my own version, and after topping our tacos, I happily polished the rest off with a spoon!

Cilantro Lime Sauce

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1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (can sub sour cream)

2 tsp finely diced cilantro (I used the frozen cilantro pods found at Trader Joe’s)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 TBS lime juice (I used Nellie’s Key Lime juice)

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/8 tsp cumin

1/8 tsp chili powder


Mix all ingredients together until evenly dispersed. Serve with fish tacos, or as a dip for chips.

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Southwest Cilantro Dip

Last weekend, (wow was it really only last weekend?), I had a Rockband birthday party to attend. I knew about the event, but didn’t actually read the evite. At 2 p.m. the day of I realized, via text message, that I needed to bring a snackie as it was potluck style. Not wanting to go to the store, I needed to get my creative juices flowin’ and I started rifling through my pantry to see what I could come up with. I’d been meaning to try Kath’s cilantro pesto recipe, and knew I could use it, with some tweeking, to create the perfect southwest style dip.

Southwest Cilantro Dip


1 bunch cilantro, stems at the bottom chopped off (top ones are fine)

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani 0%, but you can sub regular plain yogurt or light sour cream)

1 TBS pine nuts

3 cloves garlic

1 serrano pepper

2 TBS lime juice

1 tsp cumin

sea salt to taste

1 1/2 bell pepper, chopped (I used 1 red and half an orange)

1 can corn kernels, rinsed/drained

1 can black beans, rinsed/drained

1/2 red onion, chopped

1 large tomato, or 3 small tomatoes, diced


In your food processor combine cilantro, parmesan cheese, Greek yogurt, pine nuts, garlic, serrano pepper, lime juice and cumin in food processor.

Pulse and scrape down.

Do a taste test and add salt as needed. Pulse until liquified.

Mix sauce with corn, black beans, bell pepper, tomato and onion.

Enjoy as a dip with chips, as a taco filling, on top of cheesy rice or just straight up with a spoon.