3 Things You Didn't Know About Cilantro + 5 Great Recipes

August 14, 2011

An herb with international influence, cilantro has an incredibly powerful flavor profile. A key ingredient in Thai curries, most salsas and guacamole, pho (Vietnamese broth + soup), Indian curries -- what a different world it would be! Similar in appearance to flat leaf parsley, but an incredibly different flavor, here are 3 things you didn't know about cilantro and 5 tasty (gluten free!) recipes:

+ Cilantro is the leafy part of the coriander plant (a whole other article!), many recipes will call for fresh coriander, coriander leaves or Chinese Parsley

+ The word 'cilantro' is the Spanish translation of coriander whose Greek root is thought to be the same as King Minos' daughter, Ariadne (you know, the guy with the Minotaur in his basement?)

+ Cilantro is said to contain PTC, the same chemical in celery that makes it taste extremely bitter to a small percentage of the population, as determined genetically

Cilantro Lime Compound Butter
Excellent for grilled fish, shrimp, or tacos. Yum!

Lemon-Cilantro Moong Daal
An easy version of this vegan Indian classic - comfort food at its best! Dairy free? Be sure to substitute a non-dairy butter.

Salmon Tacos with Orange Cilantro 'Slaw
Savory-sweet and packed with citrus flavor, this recipe screams summer!

Jicama Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
A super refreshing summer salad with just a hint of heat.

Thai Salad with Chicken, Cucumber and Coconut
A light and refreshing summer lunch.

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