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Spicy Peruvian Green Sauce (Aji Verde)

Just a reminder to beware of the seeds in the jalapeño. 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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 71
Author: Hallie Harron | Simple Nourished Living


  • 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.

Recipe Notes

Depending on how firmly you pack the cilantro into the measuring cup, the sauce may be thicker than you had expected. Thin SLOWLY with drops 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.
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.
Serving size: 1/4 cup
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *2
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *2
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Peruvian Green Sauce (Aji Verde)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.1g8%
Carbohydrates 4.6g2%
Fiber 0.6g2%
Protein 2.9g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer, Condiment
Cuisine: Peruvian
Keyword: aji verde, spicy green sauce