Healthy Magic Herb Sauce Recipe
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Yield: 1 cup (about 8 servings)
  • ⅔ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed open, skins removed
  • ¼ cup loosely packed fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 inches of the white part of a scallion (green onion), chopped
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon raw honey
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Gently heat the oil in a small pan with the garlic cloves to infuse the oil with flavor and gently cook the garlic (it should not brown). Do not boil or overheat the oil.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool while you prepare the other ingredients.
  3. Place all the remaining ingredients and the cooled cooked garlic in a food processor and pulse 8 to 10 times until well chopped. Scrape down the sides, then turn the food processor on and drizzle in the oil.
  4. Blend until saucy. You can also do this in a blender, just be careful not to over-puree—it’s nice with a little bit of texture left.
  5. Use immediately or store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. This sauce also freezes well.
Serving Suggestions:
- Toss it with blanched green beans (one of my favorites!)
- Drizzle over any type of fish or grilled chicken
- Mix with cooked spaghetti squash noodles, rice noodles or chickpea noodles
- Roast regular or sweet potatoes (or half and half) then toss them in this sauce right out of the oven
- Use it as a salad dressing or drizzle over any cooked veggies
Recipe by Elizabeth Rider - Health Coach, Author, TV Host & Wellness Expert at