Cilantro and Chili Peppers
Cilantro and heat go hand in hand. Particularly popular in Latin American and Asian cuisine, cilantro and chili peppers are used to simultaneously compliment and mellow each other out. To see this interaction first hand, try whipping up some fresh salsa verde!
Cilantro and Avocado
The combination that skyrocketed guacamole recipes around the country needs no introduction. Add cilantro and avocado to classic Mexican dishes or surprise your patrons with a cilantro-avocado salad dressing!
Cilantro and Beef
This combination works from Hong Kong to Tijuana. When added to beef dishes like beef stir fry or beef empanadas, cilantro helps enrich deep flavors in the meat while bringing new, aromatic flavors to the plate. Better yet, this pairing works well in large dishes, so you can cook multiple servings at once!
Cilantro and Tropical Fruits
Health-conscience chefs can use the pairing to bring some unexpected complexity into diet-friendly dishes. We particularly like adding cilantro to a variety of green juices or smoothies. Try blending some cilantro and citrus alongside strawberries, pineapple, and cucumber for a delicious green smoothie!
- Pro Tip: Revisit our intro course on juicing here!
Cilantro and Cream Cheese
What better way to spice up a morning menu than creating a cilantro infused cream cheese? Cilantro is an underrated partner to creamy dishes, bringing cooling aspects and a gentle earthiness in each bite. While most bagels work with cilantro cream cheese, we like pumping up the savoriness by using everything bagels.
Cilantro and Other Fresh Herbs
This combination may be obvious but it isn’t any less powerful. Cilantro shares aspects of mint, basil, and sage while staying distinct, meaning it can simultaneously enhance and build off other herbs. Make sure to use cilantro during the cooking process, as the heat will mellow out potent flavors in the cilantro and give your herbs a more cohesive flavor profile.