Spicy Cilantro Lime Dressing
LivFarms’ Spicy Cilantro Lime Dressing is a vibrant, zesty concoction that brings a lively kick to any salad. The sharp tang of fresh lime juice is perfectly complemented by the fruity, slightly bitter undertone of olive oil which creates a refreshing base. Fresh cilantro adds a burst of herbal brightness, while the minced jalapeño pepper introduces a fiery heat that's tempered just enough by the sweetness of the honey. The garlic rounds out the dressing with its earthy, aromatic depth, enhancing the complexity of the flavors. This dressing's bold and refreshing character is a great match for LivFarms’ Romaine lettuce. To complement this dressing, consider adding ingredients like sweet corn, black beans, and diced avocados for a Tex-Mex flair, or mango and pineapple chunks for a sweet contrast to the spicy and tangy notes. A sprinkle of queso fresco or cotija cheese can add a salty, creamy element making the salad a delightful blend of flavors and textures.
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon honey
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a bowl, mix ¼ cup lime juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
- Add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro and 1 seeded and minced jalapeño pepper to the mixture.
- Incorporate 1 minced clove of garlic for added flavor.
- Sweeten the dressing with 1 teaspoon of honey.
- Season with salt and pepper according to your preference.
- Whisk all the ingredients together thoroughly.
- Refrigerate the dressing for about 1 hour before using to enhance the flavors.
For the Spicy Cilantro Lime Dressing, the herb of focus is cilantro. Cilantro, also known as coriander leaves, has a bright and citrusy flavor profile with a hint of peppery undertones. It adds a refreshing and zesty kick to the dressing, elevating the overall taste. In a salad with LivFarms lettuce, incorporating cilantro into the dressing enhances the salad's vibrancy, providing a burst of freshness and a mild spiciness. Nutritionally, cilantro is a good source of vitamins A and K, as well as antioxidants. It contains essential oils like linalool and geranyl acetate, which may have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Including cilantro in your diet provides essential nutrients and may contribute to overall wellbeing. Health benefits of cilantro include its potential to aid digestion, support heart health, and provide antioxidant protection. Cilantro has been traditionally used to aid digestion and alleviate digestive discomfort. Additionally, the antioxidants in cilantro may help combat oxidative stress and inflammation. Incorporating cilantro into the Spicy Cilantro Lime Dressing not only enhances the flavor of your salad but also introduces a herb with potential health promoting properties.