Spicy Cilantro Salad

Are you a cilantro lover or a cilantro hater?  I used to be a hater—a card-carrying member of the “cilantro tastes like soap” club. But as I got older my tastes changed. So I was really excited when, a number of years back, I was served a Spicy Cilantro Salad.   

Spicy Cilantro Salad

Spicy Cilantro Salad

The occasion was a family picnic and my mother-in-law brought a Chinese student she worked with.  He was excited to share a dish he loved—a giant bowl of cilantro accompanied by a spicy sauce. I gave it a taste, somewhat out of politeness, and was amazed at how well the hot and earthy flavors complimented each other.  When the event ended, there was a lot of dressing left, tucked into my refrigerator.  I hoarded it to stretch it out for months!  When my supply ran out I asked for the recipe but the student had departed.    

Spicy Cilantro Salad from Above

Spicy Cilantro Salad from Above

For years I searched the internet and came up with nothing.  I even sometimes wondered if I imagined the dish.  Then when Sriracha became popular I realized that the garlicky spicy hot sauce was very similar to the dressing—a breakthrough!  I made my own version of the dish which I am sharing with you today.    

Making Sriracha Dressing for Spicy Cilantro Salad

Making Sriracha Dressing for Spicy Cilantro Salad

Recently I stumbled across a similar salad on the internet—with the garlic and pepper chopped into the salad rather than in the dressing.   I felt less crazy immediately and have plans to give this version a try.  It was nice to finally learn that there are other spicy cilantro salad lovers in the world! 

Cilantro

Cilantro

Are you a cilantro lover or hater?  (I’ll bet the haters quit reading after the first paragraph!) As fall brings cooler days, cilantro is coming into its own.  If you like cilantro and a good bit of heat, this Spicy Cilantro Salad may be your answer to a harvest windfall.   

Spicy Cilantro Salad
Serves 4
A mix of earthy and spicy flavors, this spicy cilantro salad is sure to please cilantro lovers who enjoy a bit of heat.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
33 calories
0 g
0 g
3 g
0 g
0 g
19 g
51 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
19g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 33
Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 51mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 0g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
14%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 large bunches of cilantro
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  4. 1-2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
Instructions
  1. De-stem cilantro (as much as you choose depending on how you feel about bits of stem), wash and spin dry.
  2. To make the dressing, combine oil, vinegar and sriracha sauce. Mix with whisk until well combined.
  3. Place cilantro in serving bowls, then drizzle with dressing according to taste.
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12 thoughts on “Spicy Cilantro Salad

  1. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    I am a cilantro lover! When I make anything with cilantro, my portion always needs extra extra. It never occurred to me to eat cilantro on its own as a salad. I’ve got to give this a try!!

    1. Inger Post author

      I guess it would be pretty unique if it was years before I found something close online 😉

  2. Barbara

    I don’t know what my problem is….but I just don’t like cilantro. Now I use it often enough as an ingredient among many other ingredients (which practically covers the flavor), but know I couldn’t manage it all by itself in a salad. (But I didn’t stop reading! 🙂 )

    1. Inger Post author

      I am impressed that you stuck with it Barbara! But I am the same with green pepper–I can eat them selectively in things but not alone.

  3. David

    Inger – my first bite of cilantro reminded me of gasoline fumes, but that didn’t stop me! I have loved it since, and the salad looks great. I need to find a substitute for the sriracha as I am allergic to garlic. Maybe sambal oelek would work?

  4. Angela

    Oh, I cannot wait to try this! I love spicy and I love cilantro, thank you for posting. I am enjoying catching up on your posts, they are always so inspiring to me. 🙂

  5. Juliana

    I love cilantro, but never thought in making a salad with it…I like the spicy dressing…and you are right, people are either lover or hater of cilantro…

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