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Green Dipping Sauce for Any Food

If you are like me and my family right now, you are trying to use everything in your pantry and refrigerator to minimize trips to the grocery store. I was rummaging through my kitchen over the weekend and saw lots of greens: avocado, cilantro, parsley, jalapeño, and limes and was curious about what kind of dipping sauce I might be able to create for the celery and carrots I was snacking on. 

I reached for my computer and started Googling and, wow, did I find the tastiest recipe. With just a few additional ingredients (garlic and pistachios) and in just five minutes, I was able to make what Pinch of Yum refers to as a “5-Minute Magic Green Sauce!” My family and I quickly learned that this sauce goes with everything: veggies, lentil chips, crackers and even as a spread on a sandwich.


  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup packed parsley and cilantro leaves (combined)
  • 1 jalapeño, ribs and seeds removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice of one lime (or two – get lots of limey goodness in there!)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pistachios


Pulse all ingredients – except pistachios – in a food processor until incorporated.

Add pistachios and pulse until mostly smooth (depends on what consistency you want).

Serve as a dip, spread, or sauce — or add additional water or oil to thin the sauce for use as a dressing or a marinade.

Photo Credit: New York Times Cooking



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