Ah Cilantro! One of the more distinctive tasting of the herbs and a prolific grower. An herb with a very fresh, pungent taste that adds lots of flavor depth to a dish. Cilantro, also known as coriander, grows easily from seed and is happy in a pot alongside dill, basil, and other quickly maturing herbs.
Varieties that you can commonly find in seed packets include Calypso, Confetti, and Delfino. My favorite is the Calypso because it is slow to bolt or flower out.
Here are foods that pair well with Cilantro.
- Jazzy Black Beans- Make a nice, filling meatless meal by jazzing up Black Beans. Ingredients needed along with the Black Beans are 1/2 cup of chopped Sweet Onion, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of butter, 1/4 cup chopped Cilantro, 1/4 a cup Sour Cream, 1 small Lemon, and one Avocado.
Easy Cooking Steps
1. Saute 1/2 cup of Sweet Onion in 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of Butter until Onions are translucent. At same time, heat Black Beans in saucepan. Mix Onion into Black Beans along with chopped Cilantro when beans have been heated through and removed from heat. Reserve small amount of Cilantro for top garnish. Mix in Sour Cream to Black Beans dish. Top with Avocado slices and Cilantro garnish.
- Salsa-Check out this great Melon Salsa from Montana State University’s Extension Service.
- Guacamole-Alton Brown of the Food Network has a tasty recipe for Guacamole including Cilantro.
- Fish Tacos
- Soup-Good Housekeeping offers a delicious recipe for Gazpacho with Cilantro Cream.
- Pesto- A new twist in place on basil.
- Rice- Leigh Anne offers a great recipe for Lime Cilantro Rice at Your Homebased Mom.
- Chicken-Try out Recipe Girl’s Cilantro Chicken. Great for the grill!
- Nachos-A great topping complement to cheese, sour cream, and jalapenos
- Scrambled Eggs and Omelets
- 1/2 cup Sweet Onion Chopped
- 1/4 cup of Cilantro Chopped
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of Butter
- 1/4 cup of Sour Cream
- 1 Small Lemon
- Saute the 1/2 cup of Sweet Onion with Butter until Onions are translucent.
- Heat the Black Beans in a sauce pan at the same time.
- Mix sauteed Sweet Onions along with chopped Cilantro into the Black Beans when beans have been removed from heat. Reserve a small amount of Cilantro for garnish.
- Mix 1/4 cup of Sour Cream into the dish.
- Cut Lemon and squirt juice of 1/2 half in mixture.
- Garnish with Avocado Slices and Cilantro.
To learn about other herbs in the Easy, Inexpensive to Grow Series, take a look at 6 Foods That Love Dill and 5 Food That Pair Well with Basil.
Simply called food says
Hi! Dropping by from Craft fenzy friday! Cilantro is my favourite herb! Must really taste good!
Natasha in Oz says
That looks so delicious! I love cilantro (we call it coriander over here in Oz) and use it all the time.
My weekly Say G’day Saturday link up has just started and I’d be thrilled if you could join in and share this post-it would be a fabulous addition!
Best wishes for a lovely weekend,
Natasha in Oz
Really livens up the dish doesn’t it. Thanks so much for hopping over.
Never heard of cilantro before this blog, i am now investigating. Thanks for sharing at the countdown in style x
Cilantro really can do aamazing things for a dish.
I love cilantro, Sarah! I would cook more with it if my husband enjoyed it a bit more. We also use it on carne asada and and authentic Mexican tacos. It really adds a depth of flavor. Thanks for sharing with Countdown in Style!
Dee @ The Kitchen Snob says
I love cilantro! Thanks for sharing! Love the avocado, too.
Thanks so much. Love the look of your website. Sending some Pinterest love your way.
Marilyn Lesniak says
I have never had cilantro but I do have some recipes that call for it. I think I may try one of these. Thx for sharing and I hope you come to MM next week.
Yummers! This looks delicious, Sarah! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us!
Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!
Gaye @CalmHealthySexy says
Love cilantro! Thanks so much for sharing with Let’s Get Real. Pinning to our group board.
Thanks so much for pinning to the group board.
My guys don’t eat cilantro, but I love it! Great idea to use it for pesto–will have to try that. Thank you for linking this week.
Always enjoy linking up. Hope all is well in NOLA.
Holly @ Coconutheadsurvivalguide says
Hi Sarah – We have cilantro growing in the back yard and can’t wait to use it in a new recipe! Thank you for joining Fluster’s #CreativeMuster party. It was a lot of fun to co-host. Hugs, Holly
Laura@Baking in Pyjamas says
I love coriander, it’s one of my favourite herbs. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!