Orange Salsa Verde

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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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Sushi Las_Vegas

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

  2. Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny)

    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!

  3. carolinaheartstrings

    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!

  4. mjskit

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

  5. Terris@ Free Eats

    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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