Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Hello there! If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might be surprised to be hearing from me today. You've probably noticed I post recipes twice a week, and almost never on the weekend. But here I am, posting a recipe on the weekend. 

Most of you are probably reading this long after I hit "publish" of course, and it could be any day of the week. Hello to you as well! 👋

This last week, I was working on a recipe for a Spicy Watermelon and Avocado Salad (it is killer BTW), and teased it on my Instagram account. And you guys were excited! And I am too. Must I explain why? The dish contains the words watermelon, avocado, and spicy. THREE things worth getting excited about! 

I realized however that the dressing for this salad is a lip-smacking tang-master flavor bomb on it's own, and something that shouldn't just be limited to one salad. You know how people hate being put into little boxes? This dressing hates that too. And of course it does! Have a summery salad that needs some lift? This dressing. Found yourself with a burrito bowl in need of a bit more sauce? This dressing. About to eat an avocado with a spoon? You guessed it, a drizzle of this over top will take it over the edge. 

So here it is, the Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette that is the star of todays show. Come back on Thursday for the main event: Spicy Watermelon and Avocado Salad! 

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Published June 24, 2017 by
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Best friends with avocados, burrito bowls, and roasted corn.

Serves: 4   |    Total Time: 10 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/16 teaspoon each salt & pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute, until emulsified. Pour over a salad or store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week. Enjoy!

Pesto Zoodles with Fresh Peas & Bacon

Pesto Zoodles with Fresh Peas & Bacon

Around this time of the year, every year, I go on a pesto rampage. Last year it was this cheesy pesto scramble and this pesto chicken salad. This year it's pesto zoodles with fresh peas and bacon. 

And it's the best thing I’ve eaten all month

Is there anything not to love about long, slurpy noodles coated in pesto? Crunch bits of bacon and the fresh flavor of peas? This is the best thing I’ve eaten all month, and I’m not exaggerating. 

Normally, noodles drenched in this much pesto and served with generous amounts of bacon would be quite a heavy dish, but this is where the zoodles come in: hellooooo zoodles! (I love zoodles. Have you noticed yet?) Since zoodles are made of zucchini, you can smother them in pesto and toss in the bacon and still end your meal with out that heavy I-just-ate-is-it-nap-time-now feeling. 

Jump into pesto season with me while it's here! 

Pesto Zoodles with Fresh Peas & Bacon
Pesto Zoodles with Fresh Peas & Bacon

Pesto Zoodles with Fresh Peas & Bacon

Published June 22, 2017 by
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Bright green zucchini and peas are tossed with a fresh pesto and crispy bacon. A savory, easy to make summer dish.

Serves: 4   |    Total Time: 30 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pesto sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 cup green peas (frozen or fresh)
  • 8 ounces bacon, cooked and crumbled into bite sized pieces

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. When the oil glistens, add the peas, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until bright green.
  2. Spiralize the zucchini into zoodles with a Spiralizer. Pile the zucchini noodles into a skillet and place the lid on (they will cook down). Cook for 5 minutes, and then add the pesto, stirring and turning the noodles to coat them in pesto. Top with bacon, and toss everything one more time to combine.
  3. Serve hot (leftovers are also good cold!)

Macedonia de Frutas (Chilean-Style Fruit Salad)

Macedonia de Frutas (Chilean-Style Fruit Salad)

¿Quien Quiere Ser Millonario? (the Spanish version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?) played on the little TV in the corner of the kitchen. My host mom stood at the counter, preparing ceviche, answering every trivia question before the multiple choice options were even displayed on the screen.  

Manzana. Pera. Naranja. (Apple. Pear. Orange.)

Tienes muchas paciencia, hija, you have so much patience chopping all of those fruits so small. I had just returned from a trip to Los Lagos region in Chile, where I, along with a heard of other students, had picked fresh oranges, visited a Mapuche village, and dined on food fresh from the Fagón. Dessert? The best damn fruit salad I had ever had.   

Macedonia de Frutas (Chilean-Style Fruit Salad)
Macedonia de Frutas (Chilean-Style Fruit Salad)

Fruit salad. Such a blah dish. It's the sort of dish your grandma served as a "healthy dessert" when you really just wanted a cookie (mine did at least). But this fruit salad. This fruit salad! You’d never see fruit salad the same way again. Served in a crystal goblet, it looked like something well beyond the fruit salad I knew. A far cry from the plastic container of pineapple, under ripe melon, and grapes you’d buy at an American grocery store. In Chile, fruit salad like this is called Macedonia De Fruta. 

The fruit was chopped so small, you could hardly tell what each bite contained. A hint of lemon. A bouquet of nature’s sweets. A medley of sorts. It must’ve had some effect on me, as the day I returned to my host families home, I volunteered to make the fruit salad for the asado (barbecue) happening that afternoon. I knew exactly what I was going to do.  

Slicing and dicing didn’t feel like patience. My mind was far away, the TV just a sound in the background. Chopping each piece of fruit was meditation. I could’ve zoned out for hours. 

Macedonia de Frutas (Chilean-Style Fruit Salad)

Macedonia de Frutas (Chilean-Style Fruit Salad)

Published June 20, 2017 by
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This fruit salad is chopped fine so you get a little bit of everything in each bite.

Serves: 4   |    Total Time: 20 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 1 nectarine 
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear 
  • 2 kiwi
  • 1 yellow mango 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Juice of 1/2 an orange 
  • Sprig of mint 

Directions:

  1. Chop fruit, removing pits and seeds as you go (remove peels from banana, mango, and kiwi), into 1/2 inch cubes. Place in bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with lemon zest and squeeze orange juice over fruit. Toss to combine, and top with a spring of mint. Serve immediately or allow flavors to marinate together for 30 minutes, covered, in the fridge to prevent oxidization.