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Recipe: Chef Kevin Belton's Green Magic Sauce, Cilantro Sauce

Chef Belton whips up some delicious sauces for National Sauce month.


Green Magic Sauce


1 avocado

1 cup packed parsley and cilantro leaves

1 jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed

3 garlic cloves

juice of one or two limes

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 cup pistachios


Pulse all ingredients – except pistachios – in a food processor until incorporated.

Add pistachios and pulse until mostly smooth depending on the consistency you desire.

Serve as a dip, spread, or sauce — or add additional water or oil to thin the sauce for use as a dressing or a marinade.

Cilantro Sauce


1 bunch of fresh cilantro

1/2 cup olive oil

2 Tbsp. white vinegar

4 garlic cloves

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 to 1/2 cup water, if needed


Blend everything up for about a minute until smooth. Add the water if you need more volume in the blender to make it run smoothly. Season to taste. Great as a salad dressing, or marinade.

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