Cilantro Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Remember the good ole days at Cal? Remember all the good food? Remember Brazil Cafe on Shattuck? If you haven’t had their tri-tip sandwich, you’ve been missing out. Get in your car and go there right now. Go.

I think the best part of that sandwich is the cilantro yogurt sauce. Tao and I remember talking with the owner saying how much we loved it and he told us what was in it… so after many many attempts in trying to recreate and perfect the sauce (all kinds of yogurt), we’ve done it. You can thank me later. I almost don’t want to share it with you.

This sauce is great in sandwiches, dipping pita chips, eating with chicken sticks, or anything else. It’s awesome.



-Fresh cilantro (generous bunch, washed and the stems trimmed)
-Garlic (2 cloves, more if you love the kick like I do)
-Fage total 2% greek yogurt (at TJs)
-Salt and Pepper
-Lime (optional)

1. Add the garlic to the food processor and give it a whirl until its nicely chopped. I like to use a spatula since the bigger chunks sometimes fly up.

2. Then add the cilantro and blend again until the cilantro is nicely chopped as well.

in the food processor

in the food processor

3. Add in the yogurt, a dash of paprika, salt, pepper, and blend one last time until its a nice green color. Taste and add more salt if needed. Then, enjoy your sauce and be glad I was in a sharing mood.

Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!

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9 Responses to “Cilantro Yogurt Dipping Sauce”

  1. [...] Honey Nut Chicken Sticks posted by ellen under food 05/03/12 Sometimes the last thing I want to do when I come home after a long day’s work is to cook so I can eat. However, I discovered this quick 30 minute recipe watching Rachel Ray’s 30 minute meals one day on TV. I could easily take frozen chicken, a few ingredients from my pantry and a few spices and have a delicious (and healthy) meal in 30 minutes! Thanks rayray! By the way, these go awesomely well with the Cilantro Yogurt Dipping Sauce. [...]

  2. Tess Hodges says:

    Dude. You are the best for sharing this recipe. I would drink this for breakfast lunch and dinner if I had my way.

  3. Tess Hodges says:

    How much yogurt do you put in?

  4. Crash says:

    Thank you so much for thus recipe! I knew someone out there would’ve cracked the code on this! *clap clap clap in my white linen shirt*

  5. Phonomenal says:

    WOW – I’ve been trying to recreate this recipe forever! I can’t wait to try this and can’t believe you got it out of Pedro. Awesome awesome find – thank you for making this happen!

  6. grace says:

    OH YES!!!! THANK YOU for figuring this out and then sharing it! i just ate at brazil cafe yesterday & have been thinking about this sauce ever since.

  7. Sarah Fehrm says:

    Thank you so much! Been tearing the internet up looking to recreate this. You are an angel.

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