WW Recipe of the Day: Spicy Peruvian Aji Verde (Green Sauce)
(71 calories | *2 WW SmartPoints)
Aji Verde—or the national green sauce of Peru—is popping up everywhere this season.
Recently in a Peruvian restaurant in the 15th district of Paris, I sampled it 3 times. Once as a marinade for ceviche, once as a sauce for cod and as a dip for roasted sweet potatoes, corn and zucchini.
Bright & spicy, it won my heart and I’ve recreated a user-friendly version that is rapidly becoming the new staple in my refrigerator.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Spicy Peruvian Aji Verde Sauce?
According to my calculations, each 1/4 cup serving has 71 calories and *2 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
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How to Make Peruvian Aji Verde Step-by-Step
Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients.
Step 2: Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse to a smooth puree.
Step 3: Remove sauce to a bowl.
Step 4: If the sauce appears really thick, thin it with a few drops of water, or enough to make a pourable consistency.
Spicy Ahi Verde Ingredients & Recipe Notes
Like so many dishes, there are many variations of this Peruvian green sauce to be found, though typically ingredients include cilantro, hot pepper, garlic and mayonnaise. My version also includes fresh lime juice and grated Parmesan.
For a lighter variation feel free to substitute plain nonfat Greek yogurt for the light mayo.
Just a reminder to beware of the seeds in the jalapeño chili pepper. If you have dish or kitchen gloves, put ’em on when you’re preparing the pepper. Other peppers—like serrano and milder green chilies—can be used for different heat tastes.
Depending on how firmly you pack the cilantro into the measuring cup, the sauce may be thicker than you had expected. Thin SLOWLY with drop of water. It thins out quickly.
The sauce can be used right away but after a day or two the garlic will “bloom” and it will be more garlicky and intense. You can store it in the refrigerator for at least a week.
If you like mild dishes, serve it right away and wait to serve it a day if you like garlic and heat. I love both, so I always make it ahead.
Peruvian Aji Verde Serving Suggestions
If used as a main course sauce, then keep it south of the border to accompany rice or tortillas and a milder steamed, or stir-fried, vegetable plate.
Ways to Use Leftover Spicy Ahi Verde
This fire-laced sauce can be kept up to 1 week in the refrigerator in a closed container. Use any time you need a spunky sauce for grilled or baked fish, chicken, pork or your favorite grilled veggies.
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Spicy Peruvian Green Sauce (Aji Verde)
- 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
- 2 green onions, quartered
- 1 cup cilantro sprigs
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 large jalapeño, halved and seeded
- Zest of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse to a smooth puree.
- Remove to a small bowl.
- If the sauce appears really thick, thin it with a few drops of water, or enough to make a pourable consistency.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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