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What to Do With Leftover Cilantro

Ever buy a bunch of herbs for a recipe, only to use a tablespoon and find an icky bag of dried-out leaves two weeks later? This has been a long-standing problem in my house, and I've been determined to find a fix for it.

This week, the herb of immediate concern is cilantro. As a major cilantro lover, it's a staple in my kitchen, so much that I always keep it around. I use it as a go-to for my frequent Southwest-themed meals, but there's a lot one can do with the flowery, lime-like herb; it's a fixture in Indian, Persian, and Chinese cuisines, among others. If you've got cilantro odds and ends, here's what I'd recommend.

  1. Surprise your taste buds with a cilantro martini.
  2. If you're a cilantro lover, make it the star of a creamy soup.

For five more suggestions, keep reading.

  1. Got garlic, oil, and lemon? Then you can make cilantro pesto to go on pasta or just about anything.
  2. Take a tip from the Canary Islands and create a mojo sauce for marinating meat, as with this orange, cumin, and cilantro sauce over pork loin.
  3. Skip the burrito bar in favor of your own cilantro-lime rice.
  4. Pair a South Asian-themed meal with a cooling cucumber-cilantro raita.
  5. Sub in cilantro in place of parsley in a tabbouleh.

What do you do when you wind up with too much cilantro and not enough time?

Source: Flickr user Joi

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nikkisoda nikkisoda 5 years
 @Susannah Chen Glad I could help. =) 
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
 @nikkisoda LOVE that idea. Cilantro in my hummus? What a no-brainer I've overlooked forever!
nikkisoda nikkisoda 5 years
I  make hummus with all my leftover herbs. 
Grace-Wilcox Grace-Wilcox 5 years
ooo - I'll have to try cilantro pesto. So glad you wrote this because I bought a huge bunch last night and it seems that I always use it once and then the rest just rots in the fridge!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
 @onlysourcherry as promised! :)
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
yay! thanks!
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