This verde sauce is absolutely packed full of flavors and each hits you in what tastes like a quick but orderly procession. It starts with a moderate tartness from both vinegar and citrus followed by a fairly robust saltiness. Then the tartness fades to a gentle sweetness as aspects of the kiwi fruit and agave nectar build and mellow out the vinegar. Next, the foundational flavor of the jalapeno pepper mash becomes clear, followed by onion and garlic which round out the flavor and add additional complexity.
The kiwi adds citrus and sweetness while not overly noticeable as on it’s own. Still it likely adds a unique quality that would otherwise be missing.
This sauce would go well on lighter foods like chicken and fish but should be considered for anything that you would typically reach for a verde sauce to compliment (especially those tacos). It’s light in heat which we rank around a 1.5 on a 5-point heat scale.
Here’s our Flavor Profile Breakdown in order of flavor occurrence.
(0-None, 1-Slight, 2-Moderate, 3-Intense)
Tangy (Vinegar & Citrus): 3
Other Highlights: n/a
Heat Level: MEDIUM