Mojo Verde: Canarian Green Sauce made of cilantro, garlic, olive oil and cumin is perfect for roasted vegetables and bread and just takes 5 minutes to make.
Mojo verde is something that I’ve been making for years. It’s so versatile it fits to almost everything I like: roasted vegetables, potatoes (especially potatoes!), fresh bread, fish, soups, salads, beans… If you decide to throw a Canarian party, I bet this sauce will disappear within minutes.
Mojo verde (translated from Spanish as “green sauce”) is traditionally made of cilantro, olive oil, sea salt, garlic and cumin. I added sunflower seeds for the creamier consistency and a bit of lime juice for a tart touch. If you like a more spicy flavor, feel free to add a small chili pepper to it. I opted for the more fresh and less spicy flavor.
You can also substitute parsley for cilantro or use a 1:1 ratio of them, if you are not a big fan of cilantro. Although I would recommend you to try it with cilantro even though you think you don’t like it, and here is why. My husband who is not a fan of neither cilantro nor parsley, liked this sauce and didn’t even recognize what is it made of! This happened because the flavors complete each other to perfection in this sauce. The flavor of cilantro is quite strong here but not as strong as raw. That’s why you might not expect cilantro to be there. In combination with olive oil, lime juice, cumin and garlic it tastes so much different!
In addition, mojo verde boosts your metabolism and immune system, lowers your blood sugar, free radical production and cholesterol. Moreover, cilantro (and coriander as well) has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which are especially important in winter. Adding cilantro (or cilantro green sauce) to your veggies is a great way to add flavor without adding extra calories.
If you want to preserve it, just boil your jars in water for 15 minutes, cool them, pour the green sauce and a tablespoon of olive oil on top. That way you can store it in the fridge for a few weeks. If you want to store it longer, simply freeze it and enjoy it any time you have potatoes, roasted veggies, beans, fish or anything else for dinner.
Check the recipe below and enjoy this fresh, flavorful and silky green sauce!
Mojo Verde: Canarian Green Sauce
- 1 big bundle cilantro leaves stalks removed, or parsley
- 3 cloves garlic
- 60 grams or 1/3 cup sunflower seeds optional
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 170 ml or 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- fresh bread potatoes, roasted vegetables or fish to serve
- Blend cilantro (or parsley), garlic, sunflower seeds (optional), lime juice, cumin, sea salt and black pepper with a food processor or blender. I use Philips Avance Collection Blender. Gradually add oil until you like the consistency. Serve with fresh bread, potatoes, roasted vegetables or fish. Enjoy!
If you want to preserve it, just boil your jars in water for 15 minutes, cool them, pour the green sauce and a tablespoon of olive oil on top. That way you can store it in the fridge for a few weeks. If you want to store it longer, simply freeze it.
What is your favorite condiments which goes well with everything? I’d love to know!
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