Cilantro Parsley Spinach Sauce

Cilantro Parsley Spinach Sauce

This cilantro parsley Spinach sauce is a great summer sauce that is as versatile as pesto and just as delicious. Most people only experience cilantro in Latin or Mexican dishes yet it is excellent in so many things. Don’t confuse cilantro for coriander as the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Cilantro is the green leafy herbal part while coriander is the seed from the same plant. Each has a uniquely distinctive taste and texture and should not always be used the same way.

Cilantro Sauce ingredients

Cilantro Parsley Spinach sauce ingredients.

If you plant this herb in your garden you will be planting coriander seed. The seed package will generally say “slow to bolt” which means it stays green longer and does not produce coriander seeds quickly. This is what you want so you can enjoy cilantro for an extended period of time before seeds develop.

Cilantro is one of those flavors many have to acquire the taste. I remember the first time I planted cilantro in my garden; I pulled it all out because I didn’t like the smell of it. Every year I would replant thinking I am going to learn to like it. That was over thirty years ago so today I can say that I really do enjoy cilantro and have a great love for the herb. Take your time in getting to know this herb. Most people either love it or hate it. Keep on trying it. You will soon come to love it as most do over time. I really enjoy used cilantro in dishes that have lime, coconut milk, or curry in them. If you enjoy chicken, cilantro makes a nice marinade along with shallots, garlic, cumin, curry, coconut milk, parsley, basil, lime zest and juice.

Cilantro Herb

Garden Cilantro

Every year I grow ample amounts of cilantro as it can be made into delightful sauces, dips, dressings and more. Today I made this wonderful cilantro, parsley & spinach sauce that can be added to soups and salads or can be added when making a salad dressing. Nice on top of salmon fillets, pepper steak, grilled chicken breast or grilled vegetables.
If you like cilantro you will enjoy this recipe in many dishes. Even if cilantro is not your favorite, this recipe will bring you one dish closer to enjoying it.

Cilantro Parsley Spinach Sauce
1/2 cup Cilantro, (stems & leaf) lightly chopped
1/2 cup chopped Spinach
1/4 cup Flat Leaf Parsley, lightly chopped
1 small Shallot, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 1/2 tablespoons Fresh Basil, chopped
2 teaspoons Coconut Aminos
Zest of 1 Lime
Juice from 1 Lime
1 inch slice Serrano pepper, chopped (more if you like it hotter)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 cup Pistachios
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 avocado, diced

In a food processor add all of the ingredients except for the avocado.  Pulse and scrape down the sides as many times as you need to get a nice consistence in your sauce. Add in your avocado just before serving and pulse.

Notes: Nice when added to a bowl of black bean soup, creamy salad dressings, chicken or salmon.