Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lime-Cilantro Dressing from Rick Bayless (on One of the Best Green Salads I Have Ever Made)

You might look at this plate of salad and think "Hmm.. Deb, there's a whole lot going on in there"... and you'd be right. I pretty much tossed together all of the best contents of my fridge and my weekend farmers market trip. But... besides being colorful and pretty, it all works so well together.

 A bed of baby romaine and baby arugula with thinly-sliced pink radishes, creamy avocado, tangy goat cheese, sweet, ripe blueberries and toasted pine nuts. Heaven itself. It is even better dressed with the Lime-Cilantro Dressing that I have been somewhat fixated on since we started cooking along with Rick Bayless at I Heart Cooking Clubs. Lime, cilantro, chile and olive oil--so simple and so good. Since our theme this week is Summer Salads, I knew I needed to break it out and create a salad worthy of it.

This one is definitely worthy of the dressing--one of the best green salads I have ever made. 

Lime-Cilantro Dressing (Aderezo de Limon y Cilantro)
Recipe from Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless
(Makes 1 1/4 cup)
3/4 cup vegetable oil, olive oil or a mixture of the two 
1/3 cup fresh lime juice 
1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest (colored rind only
1/2 cup packed cilantro, thick lower stems broken off 
fresh hot green chile to taste, stemmed and roughly chopped (optional
1 scant teaspoon salt 

 Combine all ingredients in a blender jar and blend until smooth. Taste and add more salt if you think it needs it - keeping in mind that dressings should be highly seasoned. Pour into a jar, secure the lid and refrigerate until ready to use. Shake well immediately before use. 

 Notes/Results: The dressing is tangy and herby and quite wonderful. The flavors say summer to me and I love the hit of chile that lingers at the end of each bite. (BTW: I used one small green Hawaiian pepper sans the seeds. These peppers look similar to a serrano but I find them to be much spicier.) I do pity those who don't like the taste of cilantro--it really makes the dressing and it pairs so well with the lime. The dressing was perfect on this salad and I think it would be wonderful with fish or seafood too. I will certainly make it again. This salad was amazing--each ingredient brought something different to the flavor and texture party. My only change would be swapping out the pine nuts for toasted pumpkin seeds. I just like them better and I thought that I had some in the pantry, but I have a tendency to snack on them so they don't last long. ;-) Lucky for me, I have enough ingredients leftover to repeat this salad--I am already craving more.

You can check out the salad creations the other IHCC participants created by going to the post and following the links.

I will also be linking this salad up to Summer Salad Sundays, hosted by Debbie at Easy Natural Food every Sunday throughout the summer season.


  1. Cilantro dressing!!!  How have I missed this, I have that book!

  2. I foresee myself now becoming obsessed with this dressing also...anything with cilantro and lime!

  3. Love Rick Bayless (a fellow Okie btw).   I have to agree that this might be the best green salad I have ever seen.   Definitely a "must try!"

  4. that salad looks incredible! what great ingredients!

  5. Great flavours going on! I love the bold and sharp tastes. Very alive and delicious! 

  6. A beautiful plate of salad! I've made one with lime and cilantro dressing too, I should have blend them together, to infuse more flavour just as you did yours! But nevertheless, they are great too! Love your combination of blueberries and pine nuts! Lovely!

  7. This is a beautiful looking salad and I love the flavours... looks fab!

  8. This dressing definitely sounds like a winner.  I like the fact that it's tangy and herby with a little hint of spice.  I'm pinning this so I can remember to give it a try.

  9. I like a "busy" salad.  It keeps me entertained!
    No one but me likes cilantro here.  Instead of pitying them, will you pity me instead? Ha!

  10. What a great way to put that bunch of cilantro I always seem to have left over!  Mmmm, lime and cilantro dressing sounds like the perfect vinaigrette for summer!

  11. Yep, this looks pretty good to me too! Love the sound of that dressing, and the combination of salad veg/goat cheese/blueberries sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing with Summer Salad Sundays!


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