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Cilantro Vinaigrette

My friend Cassi bought the same small food processor that I did and asked what she should do with it. I love it for salad dressings. This is a simple and very tasty dressing that I found in a book by Matt Martinez Jr, “Mex Tex”. Here’s the recipe as it is written in the book. I cut it in half because there are only two of us at my house.

1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup cilantro (loosely packed)
1 tablespoon crushed and chopped garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Whirl it in the food processor or a blender for 30 seconds. Pour into a jar and chill.

My half measure of the ingredients above makes about this much. The full measure makes 1 1/2 cups, according to the recipe. 1 1/2 cups is more than I need.

Of course, if you don’t like cilantro this won’t be for you. But, if you do, you’ll be amazed at how delicious it is! Today’s salad is fresh greens from my neighbor’s garden, radish, heirloom tomato and green onion. A few slices of cantaloupe and we’re good to go with some grilled chicken.

Matt Martinez Jr

I’m so sad to hear that Matt is in hospice care that I don’t know if I can even write about it.  Hubbard and I have been Lakewood area residents for about 15 years now.  Hubbard was born in the area.  When we first moved here, Matt was there in the spot that is now the Starbucks, at the end of the strip by the Lakewood Theater.  Not just the restaurant, but Matt was there.  We saw him every time we dined at Matt’s Rancho Martinez and we dined there often.  When Hubbard was in law school, after he finished studying, he’d go out for a drink and often meet up with Matt after Matt had finished closing up the restaurant.  Matt always recognized a regular customer. 

Now, sadly, I found out last night that Matt might not be with us much longer.  Think of what he did in the local Tex Mex scene.  Mattito’s and Y.O. Ranch were highly influenced by him.  He’s opened up places around the Metroplex, appeared in cooking demos and been the general man-about-town.  Now, we may lose him.

I’m extremely sad about that.  What a wonderful personality he was and what wonderful food he provided.  If you don’t have his most recent cookbook, get it.  There is a photo of him in the back dressed as an angel.