Monday, January 14, 2013

I Love Cilantro!

Cilantro is most definitely my favorite herb of them all. It is so versatile; from making a marinade for chicken, to a cilantro-cashew pesto, a beatiuful salsa, a cilantro laced rice or even a tasty margarita, this luscious heb will surely shine. Last night, I just happened to have a some cilantro that needed to be used, a "must-go" item in my refrigerator. So I whipped up the easiet thing my lazy butt could think of....a quick and simple salsa, to pair with our even quicker quesadilla dinner.

Super Simple Fresh Salsa

1 bunch cilantro, tough stems removed and chopped
3 tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 jalapeƱo (or Habanero), finely chopped (plz use gloves!)
Juice of 1 Lime
Salt and pepper

Make sure to enjoy your salsa making process by sipping on some homemade limeade! Tequila is optional, I certainly skipped it!

To remove stems, just cut right at the base of the leaves. No need to pick through and spend hours on this task, the tender stems are flavorful.

Combine ingredients in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper (be generous) and toss well. Since the salt allows the veggies to release lots of water, you can drain the excess juices if desired. I like to do this.

Absolutely love these!!!
Try using this salsa as a base to the following suggestions:

1. Add 1 cup each of rinsed black beans and corn for a tasty hearty salsa. Adjust seasonings with a little cumin, brown sugar and olive oil.
2. Add a can or 2 of chopped clams, shimp or crab meat to make a super quick "ceviche".

3. Add 2-3 mashed or cubed ripe avocado for guacamole or avocado salsa.

4. Add is to your favorite chicken and rice soup and top it with crushed tortillas.


  1. How ironic, I posted your quinoa and chickpea burger on my blog today, and it has CILANTRO :) I modified the recipe slightly, but it's yours, and it's deeeelicious.
    I love those TJs chips too, by the way :)

    1. Coincidence!! Thanks for sharing :) love TJs