I’m in the midst of another busy time at the office. I worked Saturday and Sunday, so our weekend meals were pretty pared down. Mike cooked up a nice steak on Friday, but Saturday was so muggy the thought of cooking anything indoors went right out the window. I wanted something quick and light, so I decided on grilled halibut.

One of my favorite tricks to get a meal out quickly, particularly in hot weather, is to whisk up a batch of vinaigrette or dressing and use it in multiple ways. In this instance, I made my chile-lime dressing and used it to marinate the fish, as part of a mango salsa to go on top of the fish, and to dress an updated version of my quinoa and black bean salad. In just minutes I had the base for three different parts of our meal – and the rest came together in a snap.

Chile-Lime Dressing

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground smoked chipotle
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons chile powder (Mike makes his own, but you can buy very good quality chile powders from Penzey’s or other vendors)
Juice of 4 limes
1/3 extra virgin olive oil

Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl and stir together until combined. Add lime juice and whisk well, then slowly whisk in oil until combined. (You can also combine the ingredients in a clean lidded jar and shake well to combine.) Refrigerate any unused dressing for up to 3 days.

4 thoughts on “Three-in-One

  1. Wow, this sounds good! I might have to try and sneak some by my wife in a meal some time… she could taste a drop of hot sauce in a pot of stew.

  2. Jennifer Hess says:

    Thanks! The nice thing about the chile powders in this is that they give you some smokiness and depth of flavor without a lot of heat, so it might be more palatable to your wife. 🙂

  3. Hola,

    Doing a bit of research directed me to your site, which seems to have the same name as mine.

    How did that happen?

    I’m always interested to know about ideas that happen simultaneously across the globe and as I just came up on my one year anniversary (celebrated with a trip to Hong Kong), I was wondering who else was in on the L.N.D. game.

    I dig hardcore on chile/lime salsas, marinades, cocktails, what have you, so this looks great.

    P.S. It seems the .com aspect of our common nomenclature is parked, meaning there will soon be more goodness at the potluck table.

    Keep on eating.


  4. Jennifer Hess says:

    Hey, Manny – what can I say, great minds… 😉

    Thanks for stopping by – your site looks great, and I am totally envious of your travels and the food you’ve gotten to eat!

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