Recipe Difficulty: Easy
Recipe Keywords: mojo verde, canary islands, sauce, cilantro, vegan
Mojo sauces, in general, are a traditional part of the cuisine of the Canary Islands, which are located off the northwest coast of Africa. Mojo sauces are typically made with a combination of oil, garlic, and either red peppers or green herbs, and they are used to add flavor to a variety of dishes, including meats, seafood, and vegetables. The specific ingredients and proportions used to make mojo sauces can vary depending on the region and the specific recipe. Mojo verde, which is made with green herbs such as cilantro and parsley, is just one variation of the traditional mojo sauce.
Bottom Line about Mojo Verde
I LOVE IT. The way I make it typically is with chopped cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, lime juice, jalapeno, cumin & s&p. I read that sour orange is sometimes used instead of lime as well. I use jalapeno pepper because it is readily available where I live, thought I'm guessing authentic versions use others as well. Mojo Verde is similar to chimichurri and salsa verde, and I keep some variation of them in my fridge almost all of the time. When I make chimichurri I tend to use cilantro, parsley and red wine vinegar. For my salsa verde I use parsley and lemon juice. What stays the same whatever variation you make, is they are all herby, bright, garlicky and delicious spooned over basically anything. Try serving any of these sauces with roasted vegetables, potatoes, rice, salad, or your favourite protein.
Method for making Mojo Verde
You can either chop the herbs by hand, or use your food processor to get the job done. I personally use the stems from my herbs as well as the leaf, as long as they aren't insanely woody. If I use my food processor to chop the herbs, I'll still add them to a bowl and stir in the olive oil and remainder of ingredients by hand. I like the olive oil to pool around the herbs instead of emulsify completely...but it will still be delicious if you just blitz it all together in the food processor.
Veggie Seitan Skewers
The photo below was my dinner that I made from a recipe in a Spanish Cookbook I have. Vegan Recipes from Spain by Gonzalo Baro. I skewered chunks of bell peppers, red onion, zucchini, and seitan, with cherry tomatoes and broccoli at each end, then grilled them with a bit of olive oil, s & p until everything was softened a bit with some blackened bits. The mojo verde spooned over top was insanely good! You don't really need a recipe for this one it is so simple. Perfect with Roasted Potatoes & Mojo Verde along side.
Recipes like this are KEEPERS. Ones that are incredibly simple, but have SO much flavour. Simple roasted potatoes are a delicious thing. I don't really need anything else to enjoy them, but drizzle them with this fresh, herby and bright mojo verde sauce... well, they become next level delicious.
I used baby potatoes for this recipe, but you can always use big potatoes and cut them into chunks. Just make sure to choose a starchy potato instead of a waxy potato. The starchy varieties are dryer, and they crisp up on the outside giving you a perfect contrast to their fluffy interiors.
Mojo Verde is a green sauce similar to Chimichurri or Salsa Verde, all of them are good drizzled on roasted potatoes. This mojo verde uses cilantro, lime, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, jalapeno and salt. I often have a jar of this or something similar kicking around in my fridge, because it's delicious with not only these roasted potatoes, but roasted vegetables, or stirred into rice or drizzled on a salad. Perfect thing to have on hand when you want to whip up something simple and delicious.
Serves 2 - 3
This is a tasty dish I whipped up for my work week. Full of vibrant colourful vegetables, warm curry spice, ginger, garlic, rich coconut milk and freshly squeezed lime. For my veg I added sweet potato, bell peppers and snap peas. I tossed in a can of fava beans too. Spinach wilted in at the end is nice, but I always add that to a smaller portion of soup that I heat up, never to the whole pot unless it was going to be eaten all at once. I wouldn't hesitate to mix up the veg you use either. Zucchini, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli are all good options!
For my spice I used a store bought Jamaican Curry Powder. This is the brand I have at home right now, and it is good. I'm definitely not a curry expert, but I know Jamaican curries use a different blend of spices compared to Indian style curries, and it's definitely worth exploring if you haven't tried this style before. There isn't a full list of ingredients printed on the container, but the website says "it has all the spices you are looking for, such as turmeric, scotch bonnet and pimento". I didn't add extra heat to mine, because I find this has enough spice for me. However, it would be easy enough to add fresh chopped chili (I keep seeing scotch bonnet come up with Jamaican curries), or just add in some extra heat with a bit of sambal oelek, cayenne, or chili flakes.
I garnished my curry with fresh cilantro and scallions. Lime on the side for squeezing. A bit of rice or quinoa is nice on the side too. I was just stirring in a spoonful or two at a time into my curry as I ate.
Serves 4 - 6
Recipe Difficulty: Easy
About Traditional Guacamole
Guacamole is a traditional Mexican dish that has been enjoyed for centuries. The exact origins of the dish are unclear, but it is believed to have been developed by the ancient Aztecs, who referred to it as "ahuacamolli," which means "avocado sauce." The Aztecs used avocados as a main ingredient in their sauces and as a source of nutrition.
Over time, the recipe for guacamole has evolved and it is now made with a variety of ingredients, including onions, tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, and lime juice. It has become a popular dish in Mexican cuisine and is enjoyed all over the world.
About my recipe! Green Pea & Avocado Dip with Cilantro, Fresh Mint & Lime
This twist on guacamole is so much fun! It's flavoured similarly to guacamole, and honestly, you might not even guess there are green peas in there. So, while guacamole made with only avocados is one of the most delicious things EVER, this is also super delicious...AND you get to bulk up a tasty guac with even more fiber and protein, while still getting all the good stuff and healthy fats from the avocado. Also what if there were literally only 2 ripe avocados at the store, but you you want more than 2 avocados worth of guac like RIGHT NOW...well... peas to the rescue!
Notes on recipe method
Frozen green peas are cooked and pureed in a food processor. Then they are combined with chunky mashed avocado, fresh herbs, lime zest and juice, garlic, minced red onion, jalapeno, olive oil and S&P. The trick to making this tasty is having the right amount of acid and salt. Not enough and the dip will taste flat. It should taste bright, and be well seasoned with several pinches of salt. (I use flaked kosher salt and easily added 5 smallish pinches, but just do it to taste.)
How I Serve and Eat This Green Pea and Avocado Dip
I was scooping the dip with cucumber sticks and crisp flatbread. Delicious. I always like bread or chips for dipping but the cucumber was really perfect too. The next night, I had this pea and avocado dip as a garnish to my cheesy quesadillas. (along with fresh salsa and vegan sour cream) Then the NEXT night, it was even more epic added to my taco bowl. Chopped romaine lettuce, fresh salsa, tofu beef crumbles, roasted sweet potatoes, chili lime sour cream.
Switch up the recipe
While I used cilantro, mint and lime in my dip you could definitely switch it up. (Though it wouldl resemble guacamole less.) Tarragon, chives, or basil would all be lovely, and lemon instead of lime would work in any variation.
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