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Cilantro Salsa with Coconut and Lime

This salsa makes a wonderful dipping sauce. It can also be spooned over grilled shrimp, fish, chicken, or lamb.

  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Makes about 1/2 cup
Cilantro Salsa with Coconut and Lime

Photography: Alan Benson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2003


  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 6 scallions, white and light-green parts only, chopped
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • 1 or 2 serrano chiles, seeded for less heat, if desired
  • 3 cups loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, (about 3 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. In a small skillet, heat cumin seeds over medium heat until toasted and aromatic, about 3 minutes. Let cool slightly, then crush lightly with the side of a knife.

  2. In a food processor, process scallions, garlic, and chiles until finely chopped, about 10 seconds. Add cilantro, crushed cumin, lime juice, 2 tablespoons water, coconut, salt, and oil; pulse to form a coarse paste, about 10 times. Serve at room temperature.

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