Califonia Bountiful

Cilantro garlic lime dipping sauce

This sauce doubles as a vegetable dip. Roasting the garlic mellows its flavor.

Joni Sare
Therapeutic chef and nutrition educator, Cupertino

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1 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1 cup peeled, seeded and chopped cucumber
1 (5-oz.) bag spinach
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. lime juice and some zest


Put cilantro, cucumber, spinach, scallions, cheese and garlic in a food processor and blend. Add olive oil slowly and blend until creamy. Place in a serving bowl, press plastic wrap firmly on surface and refrigerate overnight, or at least 1 hour. Stir in lime juice and zest just before serving.


  • Use 1 cup chopped parsley, basil or arugula instead of cilantro.
  • Use 1 cup chopped apple instead of cucumber.
  • Use a favorite cheese instead of Parmesan.
  • Use 1 to 3 tsp. minced ginger instead of garlic.
  • Use 2 tbsp. lemon juice (and zest) instead of lime.

Makes 1 1/2 cups

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