Greek yogurt sauce that’s made with cilantro and lime for a tangy sauce that’s perfect for dressing salads or topping tacos.
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Sauces, they are the best. They just make everything a little bit better. It can be any form of hot sauce, dressings, marinades, or regular sauce itself. It’s that extra layer of succulent seasoning we all love. The past two years I’ve been on the train of making my own sauces instead of buying store-bought. Nothing wrong with store-bought, I was just bored with the selection I had available to me and wanted to branch out.
When I first started making my own sauces I started with Gimme Some Oven’s Greek Yogurt Caesar Dressing. This stuff is like the nice cream of dressings. You replace creams with yogurt for healthier and tangier tasting dressing. I’ve probably made this dressing 50-100 times. I skip on the anchovies and just add a few extra dashes of Worcestershire sauce. This salad dressing opened up the doors of getting into homemade sauce making and lead me to this little number I came up with that’s a riff off that delicious greek yogurt caesar dressing.
Tangy Cilantro Lime Sauce. It’s tangy, herby, and garlic deliciousness. When I say it’s tangy, I mean ::tongue click:: TANGY. You’ll try it on its own and think you’ve gone too far but as soon as you eat it on top of something it becomes just right. I love it on buddha bowls, tacos, salads, and a sauce to tip my fries in. It’s pretty much delicious on everything and fits a few different profiles for food genres: South American, Mediterranean, and Indian. Here is how to make it.
Tangy Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce
Sauces are easy, most just require blending in a blender or food processor to make them. I’ve used this Cuisinart Food Processor for 5 years and love it. This sauce is no different, so into a food processor will go:
- 1 cup of Greek Yogurt, I like this Chobani Nonfat Greek or I use homemade.
- 1/2 cup of Packed Cilantro (make sure to rinse it well, it can be sandy)
- 2 cloves of Garlic (peeled)
- 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons of Lime Juice (roughly two limes)
- 1/2 teaspoon of Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of Onion Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of White Pepper
Blend until well combined. The sauce should make thick ribbons as it comes off a spoon..if you’d like it thicker, use more greek yogurt. If you find it’s not thin enough to ribbon off, use a bit more olive oil and blend again.
That’s it. That’s the sauce. I told you it was easy!
Add to an airtight container and keep in the fridge until ready to use.
Greek yogurt sauce that's made with cilantro and lime for a tangy sauce that's perfect for dressing salads or topping tacos.
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 cup Packed Cilantro
- 2 cloves Garlic peeled
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons Lime Juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon White Pepper
Into a blender or food processor combine all the ingredients. Blend until smooth.
If the sauce is too thick, add in a touch more olive oil and blend again.
Add to an airtight container and keep in the fridge until ready to use. Pour on salads, buddha bowls, or tacos.
If you want a less tangy sauce, use half the lime juice.
This sauce really can go on most things. If you don’t like things as tangy or acidic you can drop 1/2 the lime juice in it and then build up to what you like. Though as I mentioned on first taste it will feel overpowering but once on food, it settles down into a beautifully tangy and herbal sauce.
What would you put this sauce on? My personal favorite is black bean buddha bowls!