Leftover Cilantro? Quick Ways to Use It Before it Goes Bad

Leftover Cilantro? Quick Ways to Use It Before it Goes Bad

Recipes so rarely call for more than a handful of cilantro, which means we frequently have a half-used bunch slowly turning to brown mush in our refrigerator. Why? There are so many things you can do with a little cilantro, including that lovely cocktail above. It's a shame to let cilantro go to waste; it can perk up an ordinary dish—even one that's not typically Latin American or Indian—so beautifully. Here are seven ways to use a few snips. • Cocktails. We love the idea of herbs in cocktails, and this Kachumber Cooler, above, has muddled cilantro and cucumber with gin. • Scrambled eggs. Cilantro is an easy way to add some color and flavor. • Potato salad. This Warm Potato Salad with Cilantro and Toasted Cumin is a delicious deviation from the classics. • Chutney. A chutney or pesto is a great way to preserve a big bunch of cilantro for future use. This Cilantro Mint Chutney would be good on so many things (or in scrambled eggs). • A simple lunch. The Can O Beans Lunch (avocado, black beans) is elevated with the addition of fresh herbs, and this is true of so many no-frills dishes. Add some cilantro to a piece of bread slathered in cream cheese (or avocado) and you've got a much more interesting meal. • Slaw. We love, love, love this Crunchy Peanut Slaw. The cilantro is almost as important as the cabbage, in our opinion. • Green salad. Toss some cilantro in with your lettuce for an extra pop of flavor. How do you use up leftover cilantro? Related: Recipe Roundup: Guacamole (Image: Nora Maynard)
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