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Use that Ingredient: Cilantro

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 09, 2010 at 7:35 AM

Use that Ingredient:

This will hopefully be a resource for ideas of how we can use ingredients in cooking that may be harder to add but we want the health benefits or new ways to cook old favorites

start your own use that ingredient!

This request is for Cilantro, not only does it taste great, it has properties that help the body detox mercury aluminum lead etc.

I currently use Cilantro 2 ways and want more suggestions

Pico de Gallo- I literally change the quantity every time I make this depending on which veggies I'm craving, everything is diced fine but carefully as to not be mushy and tossed in a lidded container

  • tomatoes
  • peppers (sweet and hot both)
  • onions
  • garlic
  • lime juice
  • cilantro
  • avacado, we love adding a few avacados and turning this into an incredible guacamole

Cilantro Pesto

  • 2 cups Cilantro, densely packed no stems but not jammed
  • 2 tablespoons of kerrygold Dubliner cheese(sorry to non-lacto)
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil of choice, coconut or olive
  • 1 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar
  • 3 heaping tablespoons minced garlic

blend.

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

(821)

on June 11, 2010
at 12:50 AM

Check out the NY Times article I posted below (you may have to get a free account to access it). It says that when made into pesto, the chemical profile changes to not so soapy. It might be worth a try.

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

(821)

on June 11, 2010
at 12:43 AM

I've been eating cilantro for over 20 years--organic, non-organic, you-name-it. It tastes like soap to me. The soap taste is the chief complaint of cilantro haters. But I have odd tastebuds, and I think it tastes great. Check out this New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/dining/14curious.html

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on June 10, 2010
at 02:31 AM

Odd I don't taste soap are you getting organic/washing it?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 09, 2010
at 01:41 PM

i just tear/chop cilantro up and toss in salads, pretty much like as if it were a saladgreen itself. Love the stuff, though.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on June 09, 2010
at 11:15 AM

Cilantro seeds are coriander. Not a huge fan of the leaves, though. They have a soapy taste to me and a little goes a long way. A cilantro pesto? Blech!

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8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

on June 09, 2010
at 10:44 AM

I like taking some cilantro and running it through the food processor with a handful of jalapenos and some ancho chiles, and then using the thick paste you make to spread on top of burgers for the last few minutes of grilling. HEAVEN.

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89985542ffc00c296552951369fe809a

on June 12, 2010
at 02:49 AM

Cilantro on Eggs = AMAZING and CURRENT obsession! :)

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628978d2e1ae51dd97afd9c35f699b75

on June 11, 2010
at 02:16 AM

Cool idea - I love cilantro. It's my favorite herb. I feel bad for people who say they can't stand the flavor. I can see how some people find it soapy, but I still love the stuff. Here are some recipes from my blog that use cilantro.

Great question. I hope this idea catches on!

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 09, 2010
at 01:33 PM

Cilantro/mint chutney Cilantro raita (if you eat yogurt) in ceviche, salsas, Mexican soups, Thai soups, Thai curries, actually pretty much anything Thai

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D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

on June 10, 2010
at 01:38 AM

Ditto Pico de Gallo and also Kachumber which is sort of the Indian equivalent. Cucumber, tomato, onion, citrus, chiles and cilantro. Google it for lots of recipes. I worked in an Indian/Greek restaurant where this was part of the relish/chutney plate--it was heavier on the cilantro than many of the versions I found online. I think it was the first time I really had cilantro. Yes, it tastes soapy, but I love it anyway!

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

(821)

on June 11, 2010
at 12:43 AM

I've been eating cilantro for over 20 years--organic, non-organic, you-name-it. It tastes like soap to me. The soap taste is the chief complaint of cilantro haters. But I have odd tastebuds, and I think it tastes great. Check out this New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/dining/14curious.html

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on June 10, 2010
at 02:31 AM

Odd I don't taste soap are you getting organic/washing it?

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101b3a5c96d313d22262f65bdff20acf

(539)

on June 09, 2010
at 01:21 PM

I like mincing cilantro as finely as I can, and adding it to any salad green concoction I'm up to. It adds a complex layer of "green" flavor that I love. I will also do the same with curly parsley.

Cilantro does rub some people the wrong way, though -- studies indicate a genetic component to how some people experience cilantro. "Soapy" is how I often hear it described, though a friend of mine uses less flattering adjectives and can't even walk near the stuff in the grocery store.

I say, more for me. Raar.

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70d9359a2086e890a4c3bccb2ba8a8cb

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on June 09, 2010
at 08:36 AM

I mainly use it in spicy asian/indian dishes like curries. Just add a generous handful of the chopped leaves at the end of cooking (they lose flavour when cooked for too long).

Cilantro also has seeds that, apparently, have a distinctive flavour (not the same as the leaves), but I've never used those.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on June 09, 2010
at 11:15 AM

Cilantro seeds are coriander. Not a huge fan of the leaves, though. They have a soapy taste to me and a little goes a long way. A cilantro pesto? Blech!

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

(821)

on June 11, 2010
at 12:50 AM

Check out the NY Times article I posted below (you may have to get a free account to access it). It says that when made into pesto, the chemical profile changes to not so soapy. It might be worth a try.

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