Do you have a food frenemy? You know, like a food that you like some of the time but other times you totally hate them? Part friend, part enemy, all food. FOOD FRENEMY.
Enter Cilantro. Like, its totally necessary for things like salsa, but girl please don’t garnish my food with a big ass leaf of cilantro. Are you with me? You make the salsa, but then end up with half a bunch leftover and what the heck are you going to do that that?
(Spoiler alert: I'm about to tell you exactly what.)
Or are you team cilantro all the time? You want the cilantro in the salsa and the garnish. Whichever side of the line you sit on, I’m here to give you this Easy Breezy Cilantro Lime Marinade. We are all going to be BEST FRANDS.
Easy Cilantro Lime Marinade
Yep. Getting a nice two-for with this recipe. Everything blends up reaaaal easy peasy, then the marinade does all the work to get your steak, chicken, tofu, what have you bursting with flavor and awesomely tender.
Personally, I'd recommend throwing it on some flank steak and whipping up these Cilantro Lime Flank Steak Tacos. The sweet pineapple juice caramelizes just a touch and tacos, well, tacos are life aren't they?
You know what my favorite part is? This may not be the case for you, though I truly hope it is. Clean up is a breeze because that food processor and blade go right in the dang dishwasher.
Look at you, gettin' all the wins.
Cilantro Lime Marinade follows all my favorite basics:
- Fresh - Fresh Cilantro
- Tang - Garlic
- Sweet - Pineapple Juice
- Acid - Squeeze of Lime
- Fat - Bit of Olive Oil
- Optional Spice - Jalapeño
A little bit of everything but still so simple. If only everything in life was like Cilantro Lime Marinade, right?
Cheers to just one more easy, tasty thing in bank!
Did you make this recipe? Let me know how it went in the comments!
Cilantro Lime Marinade
- ½ cup cilantro leaves
- 4 cloves garlic
- 6 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice about 4 limes
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- optional: 1 jalapeño seeds removed
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor
- Pulse 3 to 4 times to break up the cilantro leaves.
- Blend until cilantro and garlic are finely minced, about 1 minute.
- Pour over protein of choice and marinate for 4 to 24 hours.