Green Olive Salsa Verde with Cilantro Lime Grilled Halibut

Green Olive Salsa Verde

I am finally back at home and just in time to share one last minute Cinco de Mayo recipe. A while ago a friend mentioned that Rick Bayless has a salsa that has olives in it and I was immediately taken by the idea with images of salsa verde with green olives dancing in my head. I am a big fan of fresh homemade salsa verde and I was thinking that adding olives to it would only add to the complexity of its flavour and to its robustness and I figured that Cinco de Mayo was the perfect time to try it out.

For the recipe I went with my regular salsa verde recipe and added some green olives. I like to roast the tomatillos and the jalapenos in the salsa but I prefer the texture that the fresh onions add and the pungency that the fresh garlic adds so I use them raw instead of roasting them as well. This recipe is pretty much as easy as roasting the tomatillos and the jalapenos, pureeing everything in a food processor and then you are good to dig in!

I am definitely glad that I tried adding the green olives to salsa verde as the combination is magical! Before I knew it I was already halfway done the first batch, decimating it with tortilla chips and snacking, and there was still something else that I wanted to do with it!

If you are looking for more Cinco de Mayo recipes, take a look at my Cinco de May Pinterest board.

I was pretty sure that the green olive salsa verde would be excellent with fish and I decided to serve it over some cilantro lime grilled halibut (see below) on a bed of cilantro lime rice along with aside of jalapeno refried beans and guacamole. As it turns out the the green olive salsa verde is excellent with fish and it made for one truly tasty meal that I will definitely be doing again!

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Green Olive Salsa Verde

A roasted tomatillo and jalapeno salsa verde with green olives.

Servings: makes 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Printable Recipe
  • 1 pound tomatillos, husks removed
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, sliced in half and seeded
  • 1/2 cup green olives
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • salt to taste
  1. Place the tomatillos and jalapenos on a baking sheet and broil in the oven until they blackened all over.
  2. Place the jalapenos in a small seeled container such as a ziplock bag, let cool for 20 minutes and pinch the skins from them.
  3. Place everything into a food processor and puree.

Similar Recipes:
Salsa Verde
Avocado and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Cilantro Lime Grilled Halibut

Cilantro Lime Grilled Halibut

Halibut that is marinated in a cilantro, lime and jalapeno marinade and then quickly grilled until just cook and still nice and moist and tender.

Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Printable Recipe
  • 1 pound halibut or your favourite white fish
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes, juice and zest
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 green onion, finely sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  1. Marinate the fish in the cilantro, lime juice and zest, oil, jalapeno, green onion, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper for 30 minutes in a sealed container in the fridge.
  2. Oil your grill or grill pan and bring it to medium-high heat.
  3. Grill until just cooked and no longer translucent, about 2-4 minutes per side.

Similar Recipes:
Cilantro and Lime Salmon
Cilantro and Lime Fish Tacos
Cod with Strawberry Salsa
Sea Bass with Mango and Black Bean Salsa
Tilapia Baked in Salsa Verde


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A perfect combination! So mouthwatering.



Sue/the view from great island said...

I just posted a Gazpacho Verde today and was debating whether or not to put olives in it. After reading your post I wish I had! I love the idea of using this with the grilled fish.

GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

Looks light and delicious.

Joanne said...

I love the idea of adding briny salty olives into the salsa verde flavor mix! Genius.

And I'm so glad you're back...I was getting worried about you. :P

Kathleen Richardson said...

Sounds like another winner, Kevin!

Kalyn said...

Oh yes, this sounds wonderful.

Vicky said...

Absolutely love the sound of this green olive salsa verde - I've never bought tomatillos before but have always wanted to make something with them and this sounds perfect. Just shared this recipe on my blog in a roundup where I share my favorite recipe finds from the web : ))

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