I’ve discovered some pretty awesome things through the sample station at Trader Joe’s–turkey corn dogs, sriracha and roasted garlic BBQ sauce, and their vegetarian chili are just a few. Last week, I happened to stumble upon a salad with pearl couscous and cilantro lime dressing. It was absolutely delicious, but I usually try my best to avoid buying pre-packaged salads. Why purchase something that I can replicate at home at a lesser price?
I made my own version of that salad tonight (pictured above) using romaine lettuce, pearl couscous, leftover marinated tri-tip, sweet kernel corn, homegrown tomatoes, and homemade avocado cilantro lime dressing. Yum! It was my first time making the dressing and I’m really pleased with how it turned out, so I wanted to share the recipe with all of you.
Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing
Makes 2-3 servings
- 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped*
- 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt**
- 4 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- half of a large avocado, mashed
- a few dashes of black pepper
- sea salt to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- water (optional)
Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Adjust lime juice and seasonings to taste. For a thinner dressing, slowly add water while mixing until the desired consistency is reached.
* I like to include the stems and use a food processor to chop up the cilantro. For an even smoother dressing, especially if preparing manually, discard the stems first.
** Greek yogurt can be substituted with mayonnaise, sour cream, or avocado.