Cilantro

OK CSAer’s, anyone asking the question “What can I do with all this cilantro”?

Well, click on the links below for a variety of flavorful cilantro recipe ideas.

Pico de Gallo. Not a hot pepper fan?…simply omit them. Like more cilantro?… (I do), add 1/2-3/4 cup cilantro. Tailor this basic recipe to suite your likes! With tomato season right around the corner, this a a great fresh recipe to serve with any mexican entree, over grilled meat or veggies, or alongside tortilla chips!
Salsa Verde. I shared this recipe on last years blog post. It’s one of my favorites while waiting for ripe tomatoes. Try this as a great sauce to go over quesadillas, burritos, fajitas, etc…
Cilantro Vinaigrette. Toss some black beans, avocado slices, corn and crushed tortilla chips in with your next lettuce salad and drizzle on some of this dressing. Seriously yum!

 

Cilantro Pita Pizza. Avocado, mozzarella, cilantro sauce…what’s not to love?! I haven’t actually tried this recipe yet, but I plan to soon!

BBQ Cilantro Chicken Pizza. Use your favorite pizza dough and BBQ sauce recipe. I personally like this grilled pizza dough recipe. Just remember to cook one side of the pizza dough and have the toppings ready to quickly place on after flipping.

Cilantro Pesto. Smear this pesto on chicken, fish, shrimp, pork, tofu or vegetables and grill. Mix some into your cooked pasta, quinoa, couscous, orzo or other preferred grain and toss in some sliced grilled vegetables. Use as your sauce for southwestern style pizza or calzones.

Try this recipe for Lime-Cilantro Pork Tenderloin Tacos. Quick, easy and quite tasty!
Not a meat eater? Try Grilled Vegetable Tacos with Cilantro Sauce.

Or simply saute some onions, peppers, garlic and kale. Serve cilantro pesto and pico de gallo on a tortilla with rice, black beans and your sauteed veg.

Cilantro Hummus. Forget store-bought hummus, homemade is sooo much better!Why not throw in your cilantro. Serve with sliced carrots and cucumbers or pita bread.

Want to preserve some of your cilantro for winter use? Here are some good tips on how to properly freeze your cilantro. If you freeze it in olive oil, simply thaw and make into pesto with other ingredients this winter. It will taste just as fantastic as making it fresh this week!

I’m not sure hot soups are all that appealing in this hot weather we are having, but this carrot cilantro soup is wonderful. Another great soup recipe using your green onions and zucchini is this Zucchini, Potato, and Cilantro Soup.

Smoothie fans, try  this Tropical Smoothie or this recipe for Ginger Cilantro Shakes. I don’t have a Vitamix, so I just peel the cucumber and toss in my regular ‘ol blender.

While we are on drinks, here is a recipe for Cilantro Martinis.

And don’t forget to check out the Groundswell Cooking Cilantro Pinterest Board for more than 100 more ideas.

Enjoy your cilantro!!

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