13 Recipes Cilantro-Lovers Need to Try
Taco Truck Lettuce Wraps
Fresh Mexican chorizo (found near the bulk raw sausage) teams up with ground pork to add bold flavor to these wraps; use it instead of dry-cured Spanish chorizo. Leftover pickled carrots and jalapeños make a zesty sandwich topper.
Spice-Crusted Flank Steak with Crispy Potatoes
We recommend doubling the recipe for this smoky tomatillo sauce. It's also fantastic on grilled chicken and shrimp and in our Bacon, Arugula, and Egg Wraps. Serve this hearty dish with a salad of romaine and radishes with a tart lime dressing.
Be sure to include the cilantro stems when blending the sauce; they have even more flavor than the leaves. Spoon this cool, creamy sauce over pan-grilled chicken or tacos. You can also thin with a little water and use as a salad dressing, or thicken it with a little more yogurt or avocado for a vegetable dip.
Skip the sugary margarita mix and welcome the warmer weather with this twist on a classic margarita. This is a great use for cilantro stems, which have all the flavor of cilantro, but are often overlooked.
Spicy Tofu Curry
Look for lemongrass—a long, slender, woody herb with an herbal lemon flavor that’s common in Thai curries—near other herbs in well-stocked markets or at an Asian market. Leftover lemongrass will keep the the refrigerator for at least a month or in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months.
This recipe gets back to basics and makes flavor balance the top priority so no ingredient tramples on the exquisite, subtly nutty, and lightly sweet flavors of avocado. As with all simple recipes, the quality of the ingredients makes or breaks the dish: Be particularly sure to use avocados at peak ripeness. We let the onion and jalapeño macerate with the lime juice and salt to tame their flavors slightly. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips, and set out some crunchy vegetables to dip, too, such as radishes, mini sweet peppers, and jicama slices.
Crunchy Romaine Salad with Cilantro Ranch
Try this dressing on top of any combo of greens and crunchy vegetables or as a dip for carrots of cucumbers.
Waffle-Iron Chicken Quesadillas
Find precooked chicken in the hot foods section of your grocery store. When assembling, keep the fillings within a 1/2 inch from the edge so they don’t spill over.
Green Cauliflower Rice
If you can't find premade fresh cauliflower crumbles, coarsely chop 1 pound cauliflower; place in a food processor, and pulse in short bursts until small, rice-size crumbles form.
Sweet and Spicy Carrot Soup
The combination of carrots, Fresno chili, brown sugar, fresh ginger, and green onions give this soup a sweet and spicy flavor.
Grilled Chicken Curry Flatbreads
Dinner comes together quickly with some smart convenience products. Cooked flatbreads just need a quick turn on the grill pan, a far speedier process than baking pizza dough. And rotisserie chicken is always great to keep on hand for fast, easy meals.
Spiced Meatball, Butternut, and Tomato Stew
Add this comforting, 35-minute stew to your winter recipe rotation. These tender meatballs have a mild, warm spice. Chopped cilantro at the end adds a nice burst of freshness. You can substitute ground chicken, if desired.