Jalapeno + Cilantro Vinaigrette

If you’ve ever heard of a little “healthy salads” chain called Sweetgreen, then this dressing will sound familiar. If you haven’t, just trust me that it’s absurdly delicious. I love this dressing a lot, so I made up my own version of it, which tastes pretty darn close to Sweetgreen’s dressing. Call me Slugworth of the salad dressing world.

Because I just recently posted a salad that’s composed with very similar ingredients, I’m just giving the how-to for the vinaigrette here. Really you can use this dressing on any salad you want, but it’s perfect for a southwestern or Mexican style blend of ingredients.

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Jalapeno Cilantro Vinaigrette

makes about 1 cup (1/2 pint jar)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped (leave the seeds for an extra spicy dressing)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 limes, juiced (about 4 tablespoons)
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • salt + black pepper

How-to: 

1. Combine the cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, cayenne, cumin, and a little salt and lots of black pepper in a food processor. With the processor on, pour in the oil slowly through the feeder tube. Season to taste.

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PS: You can grill your chicken (about 5 min per side or until 165 degrees internally) by just seasoning it with salt and pepper, but I also sprinkled on some cumin and chile powder to give it a little extra kick! It was perfect with this vinaigrette!

P1030282 P1030283This chicken is so juicy! 5 minutes per side over a hot charcoal grill has really been working for me so far this summer. Always check the temperature, though, if you’re not sure it’s done!

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