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.
- With tacos. In my view, no taco is complete without a sprinkling of cilantro.
- 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.
- In cocktails. I’m dying to try this Tomatillo Bloody Mary!
- In salsa. You guys: Grilled Cherry Salsa (what?!)
- 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.
- In ice cream. It might sound weird, but I could imagine this tasting REALLY good.
- 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.
- 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? 😉