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Jul 28, 2010 04:07 PM

Great Cilantro Salad Dressing??

I have never found a great recipe for this. They're all kind of the same- a red wine based vinaigrette w/ cilantro added. I always have to add TONS of cilantro to get the robust cilantro flavor I'm seeking. I also add parm, pine nuts, garlic (basically a cilantro pesto) to kick up the flavor.
Anyone have other recipes/suggestions? Thanks so much.

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  1. Don't have a recipe but I have found Trader Joes has a decent salad dressing with the same ingredients you are describing. Delish.

    1. Hi OC!

      I like to use lime juice as the acid, and add serrano chilies for heat. Sometimes I'll add lime zest and/or Penzey's Adobo seasoning. I'll also use some crema if I want it creamy.

      This was in one of our recent Cookbook of the Month which I plan to try - I like the use of ginger and rice vinegar.

      Spicy Napa Cabbage Slaw with Cilantro Dressing

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      1. re: Rubee

        I think this is the key. Cilantro and lime are perfect partners. When I make my cilantro dressing I use lime, extra virgin olive oil, a little minced garlic, salt and pepper. Simple and tasty. To make it a little more substantial I have added an anchovy as well.

        If available sour orange also works.

        I also do an "asian" version with sugar, ginger, garlic, chili pepper, fish sauce, lime juice and a neutral oil.

        1. re: MVNYC

          Second your Asian suggestion. My similar post below comes in fat free. A little late for my waistline though!

      2. I once did prep in a resto that had a great cilantro dressing (for a blackened chicken salad which was yum.) I wish I had written it down, but it was something like: 1 bunch cilantro, 1/2 c lime juice, vinegar, 2 cups of olive oil, a bunch of green onions, s&p, ground cumin. Possibly garlic, I don't remember. Put in a blender and liquify. You could try these ingredients and play around. I've been meaning to. It was a very good dressing. (Hey, maybe Chef Richard will see this and put the real recipe!)

          1. From Rick Bayless:

            3/4 cup vegetable oil
            1/3 cup fresh lime juice
            1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
            1/2 cup chopped cilantro
            1 jalapeƱo pepper, chopped
            1/2 teaspoon salt

            He recommends it over jicama and watercress, and I have to agree; it's super tasty. The lime compliments the cilantro far better than red wine vinegar, imho.

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            1. re: nickblesch

              I was wondering if there is a reason for vegetable oil over olive oil? Thanks!

              1. re: nicholas85

                Some olive oils can be overpowering. Vegetable oil is neutral