Cilantro just may be the most divisive herb in your kitchen. It's one of those ingredients that you either love or hate (there's no in between). Despite its many opponents, the coriander leaves make for a fresh, tasty topping that can add a beautiful garnish. Cilantro is also rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that boost the nutritional value of any dish it's put into.
You've likely encountered it on your favorite Mexican dishes, but you can add it to so much more than just tacos. The flavorful ingredient can be incorporated into salads, curries, and sauces made for topping just about anything. Find out the best ways to utilize this versatile garnish with the seven mouthwatering cilantro recipes below. They're so good that even the cilantro-adverse may want a taste.
Poblano-Mushroom Tacos With Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
What better way to dress up vegetarian tacos than with a creamy cilantro yogurt sauce? This recipe for poblano-mushroom tacos from Half Baked Harvest calls for cremini mushrooms, poblano peppers, onion, cilantro, soy sauce, pineapple, kale, and jalapeños. It's all topped with a sauce made of Greek yogurt, cilantro, jalapeño, and seasoning. Drizzle the completed filling onto some warm tacos and top with avocado and cheese. Tacos will never be the same after you've tried this restaurant-quality sauce.
Yellow Curry Salmon Bowls
From the Fed+Fit kitchen comes this Paleo-friendly yellow curry salmon bowl recipe. It's a healthy, balanced meal that upgrades the usual salmon, rice, and veggie meal. The curry is made with ghee, carrots, shallots, garlic, coconut milk, turmeric, curry powder, coriander, and a variety of other spices. It tops a bowl filled with cooked salmon fillets, rice, broccoli, cilantro, and jalapeños.
BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad
This BBQ chicken chopped salad from Foodie Crush is far from the usual side salad. It's a flavorful, filling meal meant to be a healthier take on a restaurant favorite. Combine canned beans, corn, tomatoes, jalapeños, lettuce, and cilantro to make the base of this salad. The dressing also couldn't be easier to make. Simply lighten up any barbeque sauce with a bit of lime, rice wine vinegar, and honey for sweetness. Then, bake corn tortillas sprinkled with seasoning until brown and toasty for a healthier version of fried tortilla chips.
Use the baked chips to top the salad for an added crunch.
Mexican Quinoa Salad Cups With Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing
A play on the traditional taco salad, these quinoa salad cups via Minimalist Baker bring all the Mexican flavors you love with a healthy twist. Instead of ground beef or shredded chicken, this recipe calls for roasted sweet potatoes, quinoa, and black beans all plated in leafy lettuce cups. For a creamy (dairy-free) dressing to drizzle on top of your creation, combine avocado, cilantro, lime, and extra-virgin olive oil. You'll be left with a bright, flavorful sauce that's guaranteed to impress.
Roasted Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Cilantro-Garlic Cashew Sauce
Creating a filling vegan dinner that tastes incredible to boot can be a challenge, but this recipe for chickpea stuffed sweet potatoes from Spoon Fork Bacon proves that it is possible. Start by seasoning your chickpeas and roasting them in the oven for about 20 minutes. Then bake the sweet potatoes for a little under an hour. While everything is in the oven, prepare the sauce using raw cashews, cilantro, lime, water, and garlic. Throw the ingredients in a blender and pulse until the mixture has reached a thin consistency.
This dressing is just right for topping your chickpea stuffed sweet potatoes with.
Smoked Chicken Pasta Salad With Romesco Sauce
This fresh, fragrant chicken pasta salad recipe from Stuck in the Kitchen is the answer to your cooking fatigue. It's full of veggies like red peppers, corn, and cherry tomatoes tossed with avocados, cilantro, smoked chicken breast, pasta, and roasted almonds. Top it off with a homemade Romesco sauce made of ripe vine tomatoes, red peppers, olive oil, toasted ciabatta bread, almonds, vinegar, and seasoning.
Store extra sauce in the fridge to use later with seafood, chicken, sandwiches, or bruschetta.
Breakfast Skillet With Cilantro Jalapeño Sauce
This spicy breakfast skillet created by The First Mess works for breakfast, lunch, or dinner thanks to its savory flavors and nutritious ingredients. Make the topping by throwing jalapeño, garlic, unsweetened non-dairy cream, lime, cilantro, salt, and pepper in a blender. Then in a skillet, combine tempeh, black beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, green onions, avocado, and spicy seasonings for a dish that's sizzling with flavor.
Hungry yet? Try one of these cilantro recipes for a flavorful, healthy meal. Trust us—any of these dishes will please a crowd.