This isn't breaking news: a lot of people don't like cilantro.
For some people, the herb tastes like soap. It's a genetic aversion that certain individuals just can't get past. But somewhere down the line, cilantro-haters started to become more prevalent. What gives? We happen to think it's delicious. The vibrant leaves will add a fresh and slightly citrusy taste to dish, making it an ideal complement to spicy foods. In today's video, Sarah Carey topped her spicy shrimp and tortilla soup with a few cilantro sprigs and, after sampling the invigorating combination, we were inspired to rustle up our favorite cilantro recipes.
Ready to give cilantro a second chance? Read on for a few recipes to get you started.
Spicy Cilantro Salad: Eat spicy foods at the beginning of your meal has two great benefits for your health: they'll speed up your metabolism, and their intense flavor will keep you from over indulging at the onset. This vibrant salad gets its kick from jalapeno. Remember to taste your seeds to check their spice factor and adjust your recipe accordingly .
Grilled Corn with Cilantro and Sesame: Seasonal? Check! Spicy? Check! Incredibly fun to eat? Check, check! Mix up your standard corn on the cob recipe with this surprising variation (it's late enough in the summer that you're likely ready for some new flavors). Serve alongside sauteed shrimp, grilled fish, or steak -- and bring on the napkins.
Cilantro Buttermilk Steak: This recipe has received tons of love on Pinterest, and it's no surprise why: it's as gorgeous as it is tasty. The bright and tangy sauce creates a company-worthy meal. Not planning a party? This hearty summer dinner will still make a great family dinner.
Pasta with Cilantro-Peanut Pesto: Who says basil and pine nuts get to have all the fun? No disrespect to our Italian grandmothers (and the wonderful women who taught us to cook), but pesto can be made with just about any combination of greens, nuts, and cheese. This unusual recipe calls for the cilantro stems and is also excellent when served at room temperature, so make it ahead for your next picnic party.
Cilantro-Lime Rice: This kicky side dish is one for the books. Borrowing its flavors from Mexico, the white rice soaks up the lime and cilantro combination. The result is a simple yet surprising crowd-pleaser.