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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Ingredients

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

Directions

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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.