Mint Mojo (Puerto Rican-style Garlic Sauce with Mint)

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

This variation of Mojo is based off of the green and herbaceous Puerto Rican version that closely resembles Italian salsa verde.

Note: Sour oranges can be found in most Latin grocers. If unavailable, substitute with 1 tablespoon orange juice and 1 additional tablespoon lemon juice.

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Mint Mojo (Puerto Rican-style Garlic Sauce with Mint)

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About This Recipe

Yield:Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:Food processor
This recipe appears in: The Vegan Experience: Maduros with Mint Mojo


  • 1/2 cup picked fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup picked fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 medium clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons juice and 1 teaspoon zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons juice from 1 sour orange (see note above)
  • 1 small shallot, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 small red chili or pinch red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


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    Combine mint, parsley, garlic, capers, lemon juice and zest, orange juice, shallot, pepper flakes, and olive oil in the bowl of a food processor or blender and process until a chunky puree is formed. Transfer to a small bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper, and set aside until ready to serve.

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