Cilantro Jalapeno Vinaigrette

This is a bright, zesty and slightly spicy vinaigrette that will compliment any salad!

Cilantro-Jalapeno-Vinaigrette

 Recipe: Approx: 2 Cups

  • 2 Cups Cilantro Leaves – packed
  • 1 – 2 Jalapeno Pepper – sliced
  • 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 3 Tablespoons Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste

Instructions: 

Add oil, vinegar, mustard, lime juice, and salt in the bowl of a food processor or blender.  Turn on and blend well.  Next, remove stem and add the jalapeno (if you want it milder, remove the seeds).  Add the cilantro and puree.  Mince or garlic press the garlic and stir in.

Health Benefits:

Cilantro is an extreme anti-oxidant immune-booster that helps detoxify the body by loosening them from the tissue, binding to and pulling out toxins and heavy metals.  It helps promote a healthy liver function and is an overall digestive aid.  It is a powerful anti-inflammatory that may help symptoms of arthritis and joint pain. Cilantro can lower bad cholesterol level and increase the good cholesterol level. It also helps with insulin secretion and lowers blood sugar.  It is rich in essential oils, vitamins and is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K and dietary fiber.  It is also an excellent source of omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids and calcium.

Jalapeno are a rich source of vitamin C, 1 pepper provides 18 % of the daily value for men and 23 % for women. They also have a good amount of vitamin A, which helps skin and eye health.  Jalapenos contain phenols, flavonoids and capsaicinoids that help the body fight free radicals, inflammation and promote weight loss.  The bioflavinoids are powerful antioxidants and help strengthen blood vessels. They also fight nasal congestion by stimulating secretions that help clear mucus from the nose.  They contain more vitamin B6 aiding the immune system, E that protect the cells and K, which increases bone mass, than any other pepper.

Comments

  1. Debora says

    Use the stems of the cilantro too!! So much flavor packed in them- not bitter like parsley stems. I also added some of the lime zest! Sooooo delicious – Thank you!!!!

    • STEPH says

      That’s awesome Debora, thank you so much for the feedback! I make a cilantro stem pesto that’s really good too : )

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