Orange Salsa Verde

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Of all the foods I love, Mexican cuisine is right up there at the top of the list. So many things to love about it; all the different peppers used, slow cooked meats, cheeses, tortillas…but I really love how versatile salsas and picos can be.

I discovered Salsa Verde (or tomatillo sauce) about 10 years ago at a mexican restaurant. It’s not that I hadn’t seen it before; I just never gave it enough thought to try it. Once I did, it instantly became one of my favorite flavors. I think it’s the tanginess I like so much.

I actually intended on making a classic salsa verde, but once I had my tomatillos prepared I realized I was out of limes. However, thanks to my family’s love of oranges, I had plenty of those, so I thought why not – It’s a citrus, right? It works so well!

Then I googled it and discovered I’m not the first genius to sub orange juice for the lime into this yummy salsa.

I’m still proud of it 😉


Orange Salsa Verde

10 tomatillos, peeled of husks and chopped into chunks

1 large orange, juiced

1 small onion, quartered

1/4 cup pickled jalapenos

Handful of fresh cilantro

1 tbsp salt

Combine everything into a food processor and pulse until desired consistency. Salt to taste.

Feel free to adjust the ingredients however you want. More jalapenos? Sounds good to me! This made a large jar that I’ve kept in my fridge for a couple of weeks, but it’s dwindling!

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 Dip with tortilla chips or pour over enchiladas, burritos, or nachos.


~Dixie Chik~

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  • Sushi Las_Vegas
    January 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Wow !! Just by the pics, I can say that it is one of the best foods !! Cheers

  • Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny)
    January 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    WOW! Aren’t you smart?!?! Thanks for bringing this recipe to Foodie Friday. Please remember to link back because I would love to promote such an original salsa. I’m a sucker for Mexican food too!

  • carolinaheartstrings
    January 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    That looks so so good. I love Mexican food! Could eat it everyday. Come visit us. We have some terrific things to share this week!

  • mjskit
    January 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    What a unique salsa! I love it! I’ve never thought of making orange the base of a salsa.

  • Terris@ Free Eats
    January 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    This looks so good and refreshing. I may have to schedule a taco night this week! Oh, and I still think you’re a genius. 😉

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