Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce

Dips and sauces: They can make or break a dish, and they can make or break a diet. Fortunately with this Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce recipe, you don’t have to worry about the latter regardless of how you use it.

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This Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce recipe been on my “Must Make” list for quite a while, and I finally had the perfect excuse: With an overabundance of cilantro and a bunch of gorgeous homegrown Serrano chilies from a friend on hand, I was in the mood to make anything that that included those ingredients.

All I needed to do is hunt down some green chile powder. I had chili powder in my cupboard, but one quick call to my “chile godmother” friend confirmed that the two powders differ in more ways than just their spelling.

Here’s the deal:

Chili powder is usually a blend of ground chile pods and other spices like cumin, peppercorn, and salt. Chile powder most often refers to pure ground chile pods with few or no additives; the only way to tell is to read the ingredient label.” –

{We really do learn something new every day if we’re paying attention!}

Thankfully, my friend also happened to have some chile powder on hand that she was willing to share, so I used this Green Chile Molido (powder).

Right out of the jar, the chile powder definitely tastes like green chile peppers. It’s got some chile pepper heat, too, so keep that in mind when determining what quantities to use based on your own delicate or demanding palate.

The first time I made what we now affectionately refer to as “Crazy Sauce,” we thought it was really good: light and clean with yogurt-y tang, and full of nice, fresh flavors that go beautifully with veggies and meats. But, curiosity got the best of me and now we have a slightly crazier version to enjoy when our taste buds are in the mood for an extra pop of flavor.

The sauce is really versatile. It’s a really good dip for sweet mini peppers, carrots, and other fresh vegetables, and it’s equally as delicious with tortilla chips and cheese and crackers – or just right off the spoon.

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We absolutely love its bright, fresh flavor with grilled chicken (seasoned with just salt, pepper and garlic powder), and grilled or roasted potatoes, carrots, onions, corn, etc. It’s also really delicious with grilled pork chops, slow cooked pork roast, and grilled salmon. And, this sauce pairs ridiculously well with this Corn Saute with Fresh Ginger and Cilantro so think about that the next time you’re looking for something to top those beautiful blackened chicken/pork/fish soft tacos with.

It’s also really good served with burgers, quesadillas and kabobs. It’s perfect for grilling season. Actually, this Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce is perfect any time.


Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce
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This is a really good, really versatile sauce. It’s light and clean with yogurt-y tang, and goes beautifully with fresh or grilled veggies and grilled or roasted meats. It’s equally delicious with tortilla chips and crackers – or just a spoon.
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Recipe type: Dips & Sauces
Serves: About 1-1/4 cups
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used FAGE Total 0%)
  • 2 tablespoons regular mayonnaise
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, tightly packed
  • 1 - 2 small Serrano chile peppers, seeds & ribs removed, coarsely chopped
  • Zest of ½ - 1 lime
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon mild green chili powder
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
  1. Prep and chop the cilantro, Serrano pepper(s) and lime, then put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse/blend until completely smooth. The finished sauce has a lovely, fresh green color with tiny dark green speckles.
  2. Pour into a glass bowl, cover and place into the refrigerator for an hour or so to allow the flavors to blend through – if time allows – before serving. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  3. Garnish with more fresh cilantro and lime slices for a pretty presentation. Or, just grab a spoon and enjoy!
Cook's Notes:
*You can use regular yogurt as well
*Definitely adjust ingredient levels to suit your tastes.
*The more lime juice you use, of course, the thinner the sauce will become. If you want a thicker sauce with more lime flavor, use more lime zest.
*The mayonnaise is completely optional, but really adds richness to the recipe.
*This sauce is great right out of the blender, but as with most sauces, the flavors intensify with time so go ahead and make it a day or two ahead if serving it for a party.
*Keeps well - covered and refrigerated - for about 3 days.


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