Lime, Cilantro and Edamame Spread
Full of mouth-watering flavor, good for your health, and beautiful to behold, Lime, Cilantro and Edamame Spread is a go-to recipe when you only have minutes and need to impress. (The vibrant green color comes from edamame beans.) The spread is good with all kinds of fish, with chicken, on sandwiches, and as a dip for vegetables. Lime, Cilantro, and Edamame Spread was inspired by Cooking Light’s recipe for Edamame-Cilantro Pesto (I liked Cooking Light’s concept, but not its recipe.) I’m thrilled with my version, and have made it many times. Edamame beans are green soy beans. You buy them, usually frozen, either in the pod or already shelled.
1 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 cup thawed, shelled edamame beans
3 Tbsp. water
Finely grated zest from 1/2 a lime
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. fish sauce
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh jalapeño
2 tsp. chopped fresh garlic
Put all ingredients in blender or food processor, and process until very smooth. Taste and add more fish sauce, lime juice, or jalapeño as needed. If spread is too thick, add a little more water.