This cilantro sauce, made with oil, cilantro, garlic, lemon and lime juice, and honey, is a spectacular embellishment for roasted vegetables or schmear for crostini.

This cilantro sauce, which can be blitzed together in less than 10 minutes, is our new go-to for dunking roasted cauliflower and other vegetables, dolloping on chicken or steak, schmearing on crostini, and just about any other last-minute, weeknight-emergency, godsend-of-a-sauce sorta situation.Angie Zoobkoff

Several jars of cilantro sauce and a few toasted bread rounds topped with the cilantro sauce on a wooden board.

Cilantro Sauce

5 / 3 votes
This cilantro sauce, made with oil, cilantro, garlic, lemon and lime juice, and honey, is a spectacular embellishment for roasted vegetables or schmear for crostini.
CourseCondiments
CuisineAmerican
Servings8 tablespoons
Calories65 kcal
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1/4 cup mild vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon honey or less to taste
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • In a blender, combine the oil, lime and lemon juices, cilantro, garlic, and honey. Blitz until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
The Messy Baker Cookbook

Adapted From

The Messy Baker

Buy On Amazon

Nutrition

Serving: 1 tablespoonCalories: 65 kcalCarbohydrates: 1 gProtein: 1 gFat: 7 gSaturated Fat: 1 gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4 gMonounsaturated Fat: 2 gTrans Fat: 1 gSodium: 1 mgPotassium: 17 mgFiber: 1 gSugar: 1 gVitamin A: 136 IUVitamin C: 2 mgCalcium: 2 mgIron: 1 mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Tried this recipe?Mention @leitesculinaria or tag #leitesculinaria!
Recipe © 2014 Charmian Christie. Photo © 2014 Karaidel. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

This cilantro sauce worked beautifully as a dip for the spicy roasted cauliflower recipe on the site. It’s vibrant, tangy, and incredibly easy to make. I think it would work well with any roasted vegetable but it pairs especially well with spicier ones as the sauce is a little sweet on its own.

I really love this cilantro sauce recipe for its simplicity and versatility. With a quick whirl of 6 ingredients in the trusty blender or food processor, you’ve created a vibrant green sauce that would pair beautifully with a number of dishes: roasted veggies, pan-seared fish, grilled meats, mixed greens, eggs, even toasted pita bread with hummus. This is a wonderful staple sauce to make and keep in the fridge to brighten up a number of dishes throughout the week! I used the sauce at dinner last night drizzled over pan-seared red snapper fillets (yum), and plan to use the rest over some roasted root vegetables later this week.

Hands-on time was minimal, right at about 5 minutes, so I would say total time comes in around 10 minutes. I think the slight sweetness of the sauce from the honey really gives a nice balance of flavors to this fresh herb sauce!

A wonderful sauce to add to your repertoire! I had the ingredients on hand and this came together in a flash. I used an immersion blender instead of a full size blender. I would also caution about the addition of honey. Next time, I would make the sauce, then taste, and then consider adding the honey. I thought the 1 teaspoon of honey made the sauce too sweet, but we ate it!!

We enjoyed this with spicy roasted cauliflower (on this site) which was divine. But I also used it on grilled tri-tip, an omelet, and as a dip for fresh veggies.

This cilantro sauce is incredibly vibrant tasting and completely balanced. The recipe pairs perfectly with the spicy roasted cauliflower.

I served it with the veggies and a roasted chicken and we ended up dipping the chicken in the sauce as well. I’m going to venture a guess that this sauce would make cardboard taste good.

What a great recipe–totally delicious with the roasted cauliflower. I served both at room temperature as an appetizer and people went wild for it. Be sure to squeeze a bit of lime over the cauliflower (or other roasted veggies) before serving–it was the fresh lime that popped it up from a 9 to a 10.

This is an easy recipe with lots of zing that can be made year-round and matches well with a wide range of dishes. You should use it! But consider multiplying the recipe unless your guest list is small.

I fixed a modified version of the spicy roasted cauliflower (I replaced the peppers with cumin and curry powder to accommodate my wife’s dietary restrictions) and it was an excellent pairing! I also added it to pan-fried salmon fillet and to steamed sushi rice—also excellent.

Originally published December 05, 2019




About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.


Hungry For More?

Campari Citrus Marmalade

A little sweeter (and a lot more vibrant) than traditional English marmalade thanks to the notable presence and complexity of the classic Italian apéritif. Here’s how to make it.

4 hrs 30 mins

Apple Cranberry Sauce

Apple cranberry sauce. Not quite as American as apple pie. Not until you taste this version, that is. Sweetly tart and superbly lovely with turkey and pork and so, so much more.

1 hr

Caramelized Onion and Tomato Jam

Not sure what to do with that mountain of sweet summer tomatoes? This sweet and savory tomato jam is the answer.

1 hr 30 mins


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




2 Comments

  1. i was wondering has anyone tried freezing this, and if so, is it even tasty and good upon thawing?

    1. elenor, it should be fine. It’s possible to freeze pesto with no ill effects, and this recipe is close. (All that’s missing is cheese and nuts.)