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Herb Spotlight: 8 Ways to Use Cilantro

Herb Spotlight: 8 Ways to Use Cilantro

Cilantro has long been one of my favorite herbs. I recognize it’s a somewhat controversial one but I happen to fall into this camp of people. Growing up, my family would often serve stalks of cilantro alongside fresh vegetables on a huge platter. We didn’t use dips, we just ate the fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and yes, cilantro. I later learned that these types of platters are fairly common in Middle Eastern cultures but it’s not something I feel has made a huge splash in the U.S…yet.

I almost always stock up on cilantro at the farmer’s market or my local grocery store because I tend to throw it in everything. Here are just a few ways to use it in your cooking.

  1. With tacos. In my view, no taco is complete without a sprinkling of cilantro.
  2. In soup and chili. Cilantro adds a bright, vibrant flavor to many soups, but I’m particularly fond of it sprinkled over chili and tortilla soup.
  3. In cocktails. I’m dying to try this Tomatillo Bloody Mary!
  4. In salsa. You guys: Grilled Cherry Salsa (what?!)
  5. In spring rolls. There are a myriad of combinations you can try but I find that the key to delicious spring rolls is plenty of herbs. I love mint and basil, but cilantro is always a great addition.
  6. In ice cream. It might sound weird, but I could imagine this tasting REALLY good.
  7. In juice. When you’re feeling like recharging, a green juice is an excellent choice. This Cilantro-Celery Juice Punch and Famed Green Juice  can help you use up extra veggies left in your produce box, and feel more energized.
  8. With grilled vegetables. One of my favorite preparations involves grilling zucchini, tomatoes, and eggplant, tossing them with a bit of vinegar and topping with a generous sprinkling of cilantro.

I’d love to know what your favorite uses for cilantro are. Have you made cilantro ice cream? 😉

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