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Jun 10, 2013 12:41 AM

Eating cilantro as a green, by itself

One of my previous roommates spent some time in Changsha, and he raved about eating "grilled cilantro" in the street. Apparently he just ate cilantro on it's own. I picked up a couple bunches, and I'm thinking that I'll just wilt it a bit like spinach in a hot cast iron skillet.

Anyone has cilantro on it's own? Any tips?

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  1. i eat single greens sauteed all the time. you just need a mountain because they cook down so dramatically. good oil, squeeze of lemon/lime and some smoked paprika works for me.

    not much of a meal, but excellent alongside pan-seared fish.

      1. re: scoopG

        Tiger Salad photo attached...

        1. re: scoopG

          i love salads of just parsley too. there are some great paula wolfert recipes, involving preserved lemons, that i just love.

          1. re: scoopG

            We often add Tiger Salad to summer roll filling. So refreshing.

            1. re: scoopG

              老虎菜 used to be one of my favorite Chinese dishes, and it still may be, but it's been served so many ways.

              The kind I like is just chilies, onions and cilantro with a light but spicy dressing. Peanuts are a bonus.

              Other places tossed the vegetables in an overwhelming vinegary mix...come across that one?

              1. re: BuildingMyBento

                Not really BuildingMyBento - I've not had overly sour ones in Flushing to date.

          2. This is a bit off-topic, but cilantro makes for a great pesto, with just garlic and olive oil (sometimes I add parsley). We eat it just like regular pesto, with pasta or bread. To me, it tastes a little bit... grassier, I guess, but in a good way. Reminds me of springtime.

            1. I've been meaning to try this recipe for cilantro salad from 101 Cookbooks:

              1. I don't know about you, but cilantro is known to be a natural diuretic.
                Don't stray too far from a restroom after eating a small bunch of it ... IYKWIM.