I feel really sorry for you people that don’t like cilantro. I remember the first time I tried it, several years ago, I thought it was horrible. I got the whole “soap flavor”, really, it tasted like dishwashing liquid. I couldn’t understand the attraction. But then something happened, the next time I tried it, I loved it. Isn’t that weird? What I’m saying is if you don’t like it now, don’t give up, try it again sometime. Now, this doesn’t work with everything…lima beans…still bad, they will always be bad. So, if you don’t like lima beans, I give you permission to never let those fat, weirdly flat beans cross your lips again.
Back to cilantro. The love of my life. I always have cilantro in my fridge. I don’t always have tomatoes or tomatillos, so my quick and easy go-to salsa is a simple cilantro salsa. I used a recipe from The Best Recipes in the World by Mark Bittman, which I modified to not use ginger (he does).
makes 1 cup
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 garlic cloves, peeled and lightly smashed
1 jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded and roughly chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice (I just used the juice from one lime)
Combine the cilantro, garlic, chile, and oil in a blender or food processor. Puree. Add more oil if necessary to make a smooth paste.
Spoon into a bowl and stir in the lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until use (keeps for about a day in the fridge).