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!

Cilantro Lime Grilled Halibut

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Green Olive Salsa Verde

Green Olive Salsa Verde

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes Servings: 2cups

A roasted tomatillo and jalapeno salsa verde with green olives.

  • 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.

Cilantro Lime Grilled Halibut

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Servings: 4

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.

  • 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.


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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