Saturday, January 16, 2010

Salsa Verde (Green Salsa) and Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing

Niall bought a big bunch of cilantro (coriander), so while a certain someone who hates cilantro isn't checking the internet so much, I thought I'd post a few recipes to use it up.

1 can of tomatillos*
3 cloves garlic
1/2 onion
1/4 cup jalapenos
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1/4 bunch fresh cilantro (coriander)
salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

If you'd like to make a creamy salad dressing, add ranch dressing to the salsa verde. In a pinch, I suppose bottled ranch would do. (I have some issues with bottled ranch that are probably better left alone.) We have a supply of powdered ranch dressing.

I add 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup mayo, 1 1/2 Tablespoons of the ranch dressing to 1/2-3/4 cup of the salsa verde and blend.

The end result looks something like this:

It makes a good topping for a salad. Since I come from a land where ranch dressing is used as a common condiment, I also think it's normal to use the dressing for all sorts of other things. (Bread dip, topping for burritos, baked potato topping, pancake topping...I'll stop.)

*Tomatillos are kind of like little green tomatoes, except they're actually gooseberries (or so I've been told). Fresh tomatillos come in a husk. I've had a hard time finding fresh ones in the UK, but can occasionally get them at Borough Market in London. I tried growing tomatillos and failed (the pots were too shallow). Maybe I'll try again this summer.


AM said...

Cilantro Mayonaise! Diane always asks me if I'd eat Cilantro Mayo if someone had a gun to her head and said they'd kill her if I didn't. That's the only way and I'd gag as I did it.

AM said...

Maybe if we were in that scenario I'd ask Mich to eat the Cilantro Mayonaise. Then it'd be what Stephen Covey calls a Win-Win

niall and mitch said...

I would totally eat cilantro mayo, especially if it meant Di lives.