Category Archives: lime

Salsa Fresca

Why buy salsa in a jar, when you can make this fresh version in 10 minutes.  This recipe is taken from “The Best Recipes in the World” by Mark Bittman.  I always use the fresh lime juice and red onion instead of the white. 



2 large ripe fresh tomatoes, cored and chopped
1/2 large white onion
1/4 minced garlic, or to taste
1 habanero or jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced, or to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice or 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Combine all the ingredients, the taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
2. If possible, let the flavors marry for 15 minutes or so before serving, but by all means serve within a couple of hours. 

Three-bean, Avocado, and Charred Corn Salad with Lime Dressing

I LOVE this bean salad! It is taken from “The Complete Light Kitchen” by Rose Reisman. To make ahead, prepare dressing and salad early in the day, reserving the avocado and cilantro, and refrigerate. Add just before serving and toss with the dressing. I always use the lime in this recipe, plus I add the hot sauce and not the jalapeño. I also use frozen whole green beans if fresh isn’t available.

8 oz green beans
1 cup canned corn kernels, drained
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced ripe avocado
1 1/2 tsp lime or lemon zest
3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp minced fresh garlic
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp minced jalapeño or 1/2 tsp hot sauce (or to taste)
Pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, basil, or parsley


1. Steam the green beans just until bright green and still crisp, about 3 minutes. Place immediately under cold water and rinse until the beans are no longer warm. Place in a serving bowl.
2. Spray a small non-stick skillet with coing oil and place over medium heat. Sauté the corn, stirring frequently, until browned, approximately 8 minutes. Add to the serving bowl, along with the black beans, chickpeas, bell pepper, onion and avocado.
3. Whisk the zest, juice, oil, garlic, ginger, jalapeño, salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to mix well. Garnish with the cilantro.

Lime-Grilled Chicken Breasts with Avocado Salsa

This is a family favorite!  The recipe was taken from the August 2010 edition of Canadian Living magazine.  I use 2 avocados instead of one and 4 tomatoes instead of 2, as the salsa is in high demand! 

 
 
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup (75ml) lime juice
1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh cilantro, minced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp (5ml) salt
1/4 tsp (1ml) pepper
2 tomatoes, chopped
Half red onion, finely chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1 tbsp (15ml) red wine vinegar
1 avocado
 
Cut chicken breasts in half to create 8 pieces.  Pound each to even thickness.
In glass bowl, combine 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the lime juice, 3 tbsp(45ml) of the cilantro, 2 tbsp(30ml) of the olive oil, garlic and half each of the salt and pepper.  Add chicken, tossing to coat.  Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
 
Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeno peppers, vinegar and remaining lime juice, cilantro, oil, salt and pepper.  Peel and cut avocado into large dice; gently toss with salsa, without breaking up.  Set aside.
 
Place chicken on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill until no longer pink inside, about 3 minutes per side.  Serve with salsa.