Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cilantro lime vinaigrette

I fill my shopping chart without hesitation every week with this herb: cilantro. The aromatic green herb is always used at the end of curry/gravy to garnish or bring the extra flavor to my dish. Well if you are not used to cilantro, you might feel the smell is overpowering the dish. But like any other herb, we have to acquire the taste in time period.
But, featuring a recipe with cilantro as a main ingredient not an easy task, I have already blogged Chutney, dip, pesto, Kurma. So I was looking to use in different cuisine and found the Cilantro lime dressing/vinaigrette, which was pretty interesting and different than usual. The dressing is tangy and aromatic!

Recipe adapted from Eatingwell but modified according my taste and need.



Fruity salad with herby vinaigrette



Cilantro lime vinaigrette & fruity salad
Ingredients:
Cilantro: ½ cup packet
Olive oil: 2 tbsp
Lime juice: 2 tbsp
Orange juice: 2 to 3 tbsp
Salt: ¼ tsp
Pepper: ½ tsp (used one jalapeno)
Garlic: one clove minced


How to blend it?
Throw all the ingredients together in blender jar / mixie and blend it.

Is that so complicated?


The fruity, herby and tangy salad is drizzled over a leafy, fruity, salad.


For the salad:

I really tossed whatever I had in my fridge, some spring mix (greens), some strawberries sliced, one avocado sliced, feta cheese and some microwave spicy roasted chickpeas!


*For the microwave roasted chickpeas, you can check Jaya’s Roasted chickpeas in microwave. Thank you Jaya for a quick spicy snack idea!


*Cilantro lime dressing is for cilantro who is hosting Jhiva of ingredient: cilantro, event originated by Mahanandi

*Enough green and red, so sending to FIC: Green and Red hosted by Neha, originated by Sunshinemom.


*Strawberries are flooding the market (well it is one of the fruit we get it a year around in US , but only price and sweetness make difference).

*My salad goes to Click Spring/Autumn event hosted by the duo Jai and Bee

64 comments:

Madhu said...

Love cilantro,I use them too in daily cooking.
Cilantro vinaigrette looks refreshing, great with any saladas. Nice entry for the event.

Asha said...

YUM! Makes a great dressing for veggies, fragrant and colorful! :)

Priya said...

Eyecatching colourful salad, simply superb..vinaigrette looks amazing!

Ushanandini said...

Whee! Love the cilantro lime vinaigrette and fruity salad! They look so lovely! :9

Pooja said...

Colorful cham...Wonderful entry to the event..

Varsha Vipins said...

Yummy salad Cham..am a grt grt cilantro fan..knw wat..I use to puke on its sight,when I was a kid..detested it so much n used to fight with mon for putting it in Sambars n all..n now.I cant think of any dish without cilantro..hee..what a change no..Thanks for the yummy salad..n I loved the pic..:)

myspicykitchen said...

interesting... vinaigrette looks as refreshing as the herb the herb itself... beautiful click...

Vibaas said...

Sounds yum! Like you i'm a big fan of cilantro too :)

Couldn't see the picture though..Don't know if my setting is messed up! :(

Vibaas said...

Ok, i can see the pic now. Lovely click!

Uma said...

Hey, you changed the theme again. Love the header. Great job Cham!

Coming to the recipe, lovely blend of colors and taste. Both salad and dressing looks so good.

Ramya Bala said...

Wow..as usual am one among those blog BG admirer of urs...really wonderful

and cilantro dressing with the fruty salad..just perfect CHAM

Sanghi said...

header is lovely. yummy delight and click.

Gita's Kitchen said...

Cilantro in salad dressing is to me Cham...looks colorful. I am glad to know that you too are from Pondicherry :) Great news!

Nags said...

nice and tangy!

Divya Vikram said...

That is a unique flavorful dressing Cham!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

thats a colorful click! and the dressing sounds new and full of flavor. good.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

how did u do the header? its cute.

Soma said...

Sounds really refreshing! nice idea.

Rajee said...

Healthy salad. Pls let me know whether u've posted hakka noodles packet through my id simplyinnocence@gmail.com. I couldnt find your yummy noodles too.
Thanks for sharing.

Cham said...

Mahi: I did in photoshop
Rajee: I ve posted the noodle packet, check the post!

Prathibha said...

lovely dressing cham,never ground the cilantro for dressing...Must be very flavorful..

Rachel said...

i just love the colours in the salad.bright and inviting.

Sharmilee! :) said...

New look is fresh and great! Perfect entry for the event.

Priti said...

Love the salad...looks colourful Cham...

rekhas kitchen said...

so beautiful color and perfect entry for thase events cham

Le @HC said...

cilantro lime vinaigrette great way to enjoy a salad, even better than the ranch and italian dressing which are fatty and eggy.. :)

Kayal said...

That was a lovely click and I would like to taste this. The site looks great

notyet100 said...

yummy,...love dur header...:-)

Happy cook said...

I love the idea of vinagrette made form cilantro.
Wish i had them in abundence, wer ei love there is no asian shop so i buy them a lot wheni go to a asian shop in another town and then freeze them.

Homecooked said...

Lovely Cham. Looks very summery :) Perfect for this time of the year.

Lavi said...

Cham..This is a Colourfull Click Entry! Even i pick Cilantro Bunch, every week. I Love to add it in all dishes.

DEESHA said...

I love the flavor of cilanro .. Vinaigrette looks very good .. Looks very colorful

Sireesha said...

Both salad and dressing looks drool worthy and eye catching...

Madhumathi said...

The header looks really cool,Cham!
The click is fantastic..Cilantro Vinaigrette looks lovely!

Sandeepa said...

Beautiful dressing for salad Cham. Corriander is a must in my weekly grocery list too.

Curry Leaf said...

WOW,simple yet delicious.Whay you said is true,thgh we commonly use it,cilantro as a main ingredient in a dish is difficult.
The salad is fresh and flavourful.Perfect entry to all the events.

Laavanya said...

That vinaigrette is sure to brighten up any salad.

Ashwini said...

Wow Love that banner cham. It is very cute. Love cilantro in everything. Vinegrette looks lovely..

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow ......awesome...Colorful and yum....Perfect entry...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Forget to tell......Awesome header....

Deepa Hari said...

Vinaigrette looks yum Cham....makes a great dressing...nice color.

I tried ur potato curry podi...it turned out great Cham...we loved it...simple and easy....Thank u for sharing.

Poornima Nair said...

Thats a wonderful entry to all those events...the salad and vinaigrette look awesome, really tempting.

mitr_bayarea said...

Cilantro with vinaigrette looks so yummy and healthy. Cool banner, keep it up!

ARUNA said...

wow that's a gorgeous entry!!!! Looks so colorful!!!

meeso said...

I love cilantro, too... I'm glad you have so many recipes using so much of it!

Pavithra said...

Love ur presentation and nice click...

Jamie said...

The salad looks AMAZING. So fresh and healthy. Great post Cham!

Suma Rajesh said...

hey cham ..looks very bright and fresh ur salad...u can also send to 15 minutes event hosted by mahima..

Vaishali said...

Sounds totally delicious, Cham. My mouth's watering.

Maya said...

Am sure I will like that vinaigrette as much as I like your header :)..Very nice..

Vandana Rajesh said...

I love cilantro and this looks so good and interesting cham with so many flvors. Great dish:)

Anand said...

Woooh.....The salad does look worth a try. If I were a dog, my tail wud be wagging...jus bout NOW. Heee

Hey n' ver n my blog, I hope u can see the pics now. Have a looksee.

Shreya said...

Hi Cham, love cilantro, and this is perfect..love the colour :-)

Vicky Xavier. said...

A grocery shopping without cilantro means mission not complete:) Cilantro chutney is my all time favo.
Ur salad and dipping seems so colorful and delish.

Archy said...

Such a colorful salad with cilantro vinaigrette..

Srivalli said...

Yummy cham...beautiful pictures!

Chitra said...

yummmmmmmmm,wat to say,brilliant idea cham:)

Juliana said...

I love cilantro...it adds a great flavor. The color of your vinaigrette is very pretty.

Arch said...

Lovely idea for a dressing - am a big cilantro fan, this is really great ! and the salad looks lovely Cham..

A_and_N said...

I love cilantro! So, I can use this vinaigrette for sure. Yay!

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Good One.Looks so colorful and good as a salad dressing.

Cilantro said...

Cham, I did receive your entry. Thank you for participating. My sister`s family is visiting us and I could not reply to your email. Thank you again.

Premyscakes said...

refreshing salad. very nice colors.
cheers.

aquadaze said...

been so caught up in this n that - missed some of your posts. Catching up now....I love cilantro, this dressing is a must try!