Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tangy Cilantro Dressing

There's a strong love-hate kind of thing going on in the world with cilantro, isn't there? There's a whole blog devoted to the hatred of cilantro (and the author just happens to be a friend from Brooklyn).


I love cilantro. It's the perfect garnish for soup, takes salsa over the top, and makes an awesome pesto. Plus, it's supposed to be helpful in ridding your body of heavy metals. At an appointment  this week with my new doctor, I was told a large portion of my health issues are being caused by an overabundance of aluminum in my body. Yikes! But not that surprising, is it? It's in our deodorant, our baking powder and baking soda, our pots and pans, and who knows what else! It's hard to avoid. But I, for one, won't be quite so complacent about it from now on. Deodorant with aluminum? Throwing it out! Already bought aluminum-free baking products. And no more using the aluminum cookware in our house. But what about getting rid of the stuff already mucking around in my body? Well, I need to wait for next week's doctor's appointment to get a better handle on that. But in the meantime, I see no reason not to eat cilantro whenever I can! And since I love it so much, it's certainly not a hardship...

My favorite way to eat this dressing is over a salad of raw kale and roasted sweet potatoes. It can also be used as a dressing for meat or fish. Which is exactly what I'll be doing tonight with the sole I have in the fridge...

Tangy Cilantro Dressing & Marinade print-friendly
adapted from this recipe
½ cup packed cilantro, stems removed
4 dates
1/3 cup fresh lime juice (2 limes)
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
4 large garlic cloves
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Blend cilantro, dates, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, garlic, sea salt, and cilantro in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add olive oil in a steady stream, continuing to blend. Store in an airtight glass container in the fridge. 

Makes 16 ounces

In other news...

Cheryl of Gluten Free Goodness is hosting a December Sanity Challenge to motivate us all to be kind to ourselves this month! I'll be posting on the 8th about what my goals are for myself this month, and I encourage you to join in! Read Cheryl's post for more information...

Shirley of Gluten Free Easily has been hosting Home For The Holidays, a whole month+ of special holiday recipes and giveaways. I'll be posting a recipe and hosting a giveaway (via Shirley) on December 12th, but until then, stop by Gluten Free Easily to see what you could win each day!


Kalyn said...

I'm another big cilantro fan, and this sounds great!

gina said...

Mmmmm I love cilantro dressings. I eat them with quinoa bowls, fish, marinate beans in them, you name it.

My favorite one is the "Green Dressing" from Fresh, an amazing vegetarian restaurant in Toronto. It's more gingery + rice vinegary with more water and a small amount of oil. I love the idea of using a date or two instead of honey.

Also, who's your new doc if I may ask? I'm interested in how they determined the aluminum overload. Muscle testing or symptoms? I started taking Chlorella to help with breakouts and it's also pretty amazing at binding heavy metals (mercury) and carrying them safely out of the body. All I know is it makes me feel better and less fatigued/fog brain.

Iris said...

Thanks Kalyn :)

Gina, She did muscle response testing. I'm never sure how I feel about that, but I really liked the doctor and trusted her.

Laura said...

I love cilantro and I love to make my own homemade dressings. I will be making this recipe for sure!

Jonathan said...

I remember when I didn't like cilantro so much. It was a new herb to my palate, which at the time was not adventurous at all. So glad I had a change of heart. Now, it's a staple in my kitchen and one of my favorite herbs to cook and bake with. Thank you for sharing, Iris!

seymour said...

mmmm sweet potatoes, creamy cilantro sweet potatoes! iris you're genius. ;)

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I love cilantro. It really makes some dishes, im my opinion. Especially salsa, guacamole, and curries. Love this dressing!

Michelle said...

Tweaked your recipe to be low-amine and posted it to my blog with your credits. Thanks, it was delish with my skewers!

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Low Amine Recipes

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Anonymous said...

Loved this!! Added a squirt of honey.


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