Aij (Colombian Salsa)

This is a recipe developed by Theresa, one of the owners at the store. It’s a Colombian or Peruvian sauce or salsa pronounced “ah-hee”. From the ingredient listing it sounds like it would be extremely spicy, but amazingly, it’s not, and is absolutely fabulous on watermelon, grilled veggies, and even chicken or fish.


10 Jalapeno peppers, seeds and membrane removed

1/4 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 1/2 cups chopped green onion, white and light green only

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2/3 cup chopped fresh mint

1 large clove of crushed garlic

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. honey 


Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Process ingredients for 1 to 2 minutes. Aji will be slightly chunky. Refrigerate at least 12 hours for ingredient flavors  to blend. Add water if desired for a thinner consistency.


This is a wonderful, fresh tasting condiment for a variety of foods, or even just for dipping with bread or chips.