I grow cilantro every year, but mainly for seeds to collect. Roasted and milled cilantro seeds are known as coriander spice. And, believe me, if you would only try freshly made coriander spice, you would never buy one at the store again. My mind was blown away by the rich and nutty aroma of homemade coriander.
It makes a great pairing with fish, meat, and some vegetables.
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of cilantro. There are a couple of recipes that I really like, though. I would even say that without cilantro in them, those dishes will be much more dull and boring. This cilantro eggplant salad recipe is one of them.
- 1 medium eggplant (baked)
- ½ bunch cilantro
- 1 large sweet pepper
- ½ cup dried apricots
- ½ cup walnuts chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- Salt, pepper, and olive oil for dressing
How to bake eggplant:
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Wash eggplant, cut lengthwise and put on an oven-safe tray.
- Make cuts on eggplant with a knife in a crisscross pattern. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and olive oil.
- Cover with aluminum foil or a silicone mat and bake for 20 minutes.
- Let the eggplant cool down, then scoop out the inner flesh with a spoon, and chop it into small cubes.
To make a salad chop all ingredients, add salt and pepper to taste, and dress with olive oil.
Salad can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. Eggplant can be baked the night before too.
It pairs nicely with hard-boiled eggs, ground meats, and bread.
Enjoy this healthy and colorful salad.
And what is your favorite dish with cilantro?