Simple little garnishing mixtures like this Cilantro Lime Oil are a great way to add a little flavor and brightness to all kinds of things.
I drizzle it on my Red Lentil Soup with Coconut & Curry, but Cilantro Lime oil can go over all kinds of soups, be drizzled over croutons before baking or sauteing, used as a cooking oil or a dip for bread. The sky’s the limit.
You might even want to dip tortilla chips or fries in it. And if you add a bit more olive oil and a little vinegar, you’ve got yourself a salad dressing.
Maybe you’ll want to take this same concept and bend it to your taste. It’s a little like a bright citrusy Chermoula or a Chimichurri, and you can use whatever citrus you like and any herbs you want. Spice it up with a few red pepper flakes if that’s your thing.
Save time and money on recipes like this by growing your own herbs. If you’re in a cold climate, bring them indoors in the fall, then replant in the spring. Even if you kill off a plant, a plant generally costs less than a packet or a bundle at the grocery store.
Cilantro Lime Oil
- 1 handful of cilantro or cilantro and parsley (or other herbs if you’d like)
- 1 small clove garlic, smashed & minced
- zest and juice of 1/2 lime
- 2 – 3 tablespoons olive oil
- salt & pepper, optional
In a blender, add a cilantro, garlic and the zest & juice of the lime. Pulse. Add two to three tablespoons of olive oil, enough to thin to desired consistency and whir until herbs are in small bits. Add salt & pepper if desired.
Feel free to add a few red pepper flakes or spice this up in any way you wish.
This makes a small amount of intensely flavored oil. Recipe may be increased.
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