Jalapeno + Coriander Dressing

Jalapeno + Coriander Dressing


Sometimes a salad needs a bit of a kick! And I choose local coriander leaves and the big green jalapeno chilies (in Gujarati, we call them mota marcha). These aren’t too spicy, but have a bit of a bite that rounds off pretty well against lemon juice and coriander. I grill the chilies first, and then they are pulsed down to a coarse mixture with coriander leaves and other ingredients. This can be thinned down further with olive oil for a salad dressing and kept as is to use as a condiment on a bread or cheese platter!

Spread this on grilled corn, stuff into quesadillas and wraps… you get it, GET CREATIVE!

The Recipe
Serves Serves: ½ cup | Prep Time: 25 mins


  • 2 big jalapenos
  • ½ cup coriander leaves and stalks
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic


  • Place the jalapeno on an open flame to roast on all sides
  • Set them aside to cool and then gently peel off and chop into rough pieces
  • Place them into the mixer with coriander, garlic and half the amount of olive oil and pulse down until there are no large pieces – it can be coarse
  • Remove into a bowl and add the lemon juice, salt, pepper and remaining olive oil and stir
  • Store in an airtight container and shake well before using.

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