If you are not very familiar with cilantro, you may think it is not good for more than just salsa or guacamole recipes. But the truth is, cilantro is a practical herb perfect for many other uses as well. Cilantro is simple to grow, inexpensive to buy, and a hardy plant that is great to have around! If you have ever been curious about the many other uses of cilantro, you have stumbled upon the perfect place. Below, you will find 10 uses for cilantro that will make you want to be sure to have a plant or two of your very own.
You can find cilantro at your local gardening center, home improvement store, or even your local farmer’s market for just a few dollars per plant. Take a look at how easy cilantro is to use in a variety of other ways that are fun and frugal. Take a peek!
10 Uses for Cilantro:
1. Spice up your sour cream.
Chopped cilantro can be stirred in with sour cream and them used to top chili, soups, and stews. For a healthier alternative, you can also stir it in with low fat plan yogurt and use the same way.
2. Rev up your rice.
You can chop and toss cilantro into your rice dishes for some extra refreshing pep! Or, just sprinkle some on top before serving. Mix chopped cilantro with lime to create a refreshing dressing for your rice dishes as well.
3. Give salad dressing a kick.
You can add chopped cilantro to your salad dressings for a little kick. It pairs especially well with vinaigrettes as well as citrus flavored dressings. Add and allow the dressing to sit in a refrigerator for an hour before use.
4. Create a quick coleslaw.
Mix vegetables, a little oil, salt, and pepper along with fresh chopped cilantro to create a unique and refreshing coleslaw. This is the perfect recipe when you need a quick and inexpensive side dish!
5. Add flavor to your stir-fry.
Throw a little bit of chopped cilantro into your next stir-fry to give it a kick of flavor. If you add it towards the end of cooking it will give your stir-fry a very fresh flavor.
6. Give your bagels a boost.
Cilantro mixed with cream cheese is a great way to give your bagels an extra boost of flavor. Serve at your next brunch for some rave reviews.
7. Spice up pasta salads.
Or any salad for that reason! Chopped cilantro or a sprinkling of it goes a long way. Add to your pasta salads, rice salads, or fresh green salads for some truly unique flavor you won’t be able to get enough of.
8. Flavor your oils.
Cilantro stems can be placed in oil bottles and left in order to infuse the oil with great flavor. Use the oil on your meat dishes, pasta dishes, or salads for extra flavor.
9. Create a cool chutney.
There are literally hundreds of chutney recipes out there and all of them can be made better when you add fresh chopped cilantro! Put your own spin on any chutney recipe by tossing in this tasty and fresh addition.
10. Make your own green sauce.
Green sauce is perfect for baking meat dishes in and marinating meat dishes as well. It is colorful, fresh, and so fun and frugal to make? Not sure how to go about making your own green sauce? Take a look below at a simple green sauce recipe you can try today!
Cilantro Infused Green Sauce
What You Need:
- 2 fresh garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 jalapeño pepper. More can be added if you desire.
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
- Salt to taste
This is so easy! All you need to do is toss all of your ingredients into a blender or food processor until smooth. You can add salt to taste, or add additional garlic or pepper to get to the desired flavor you want as well. You can serve green sauce at room temperature, or use as mentioned above to marinate and spice up your meat dishes. This recipe literally only takes minutes to make, so find ways to use it in your kitchen and you will not only save time but money as well!
As you can see, there are more uses for cilantro than just tossing it in your salsas (like this Homemade Salsa Recipe for Canning!) and dips. It truly is a versatile herb with many uses in everyday recipes. Give some of these uses a try and see how easy it is to incorporate cilantro into your daily cooking routine.
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What are your favorite uses for cilantro? Do you have a favorite recipe to use it in?