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Cilantro and chicken salad - do they go together?  This year among other things I planted cilantro.  To my surprise it grew very well and I have a rather large amount, based on this I'm trying to find reasons to use it.  Well I have to make a large amount of chicken salad (with apples and walnuts) for a bridal shower coming up and I wondered if I put some cilantro in the salad if it would taste great or not?  Also how much would I use or would it only be for garnish?  Any ideas . . .

Nancy asked this
July 28, 2011 at 8:19 AM

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It seems like the flavor of cilantro would go well in a chicken salad with apples and walnuts. The main issue is that, once picked, cilantro tends to wilt fairly quickly. It might be best to make it a last minute stir-in or garnish if you want to keep the nice appearance of the leaves. Even if you stir them in earlier, the taste should be fine but the leaves might wilt a bit and look like little green leafy masses.

Big Dave from SLN answered
July 28, 2011 at 8:31 AM

I LOVE cilantro.

AND it's actually really good for you:

"Cilantro Nutrition: 15% of folates, 11% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), 45% of vitamin C, 225% of vitamin A, 258% of vitamin K, 22% of iron and 18% of manganese.

The leaves and stem tips are also rich in numerous anti-oxidant polyphenolic flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin and epigenin.

Cilantro herb contains no cholesterol; but is rich in anti-oxidants and dietary fiber which help reduce LDL or "bad cholesterol" while increasing HDL or "good cholesterol" levels." -http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cilantro.html

ACTUALLY, when you look up cilantro on google, some of the first links that pop up recommend using it as a form of oral chelation (removal of toxic metals we encounter in our environment).

Cilantro is most typically used in mexican food here, so if I were going to use it in a chicken salad sandwich, I would add it with onion and red pepper- not sure how much spicyness you can take, but I'm in LOVE with chipotle peppers lately, they have very distinctive, sweet flavor in addition to the spicyness and you only need a little bit. I get them in a can smaller than a tuna fish can in the ethnic food aisle at Meijer.

Another route would be to add a little lime juice - but not too much or it will actually cook the chicken more and make it tough.

I would top that mix with lettuce and tomato and maybe spread some avocado on the sandwich buns. :)

Erin Froehlich answered
July 29, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Thank you both for the suggestions and fact about cilantro. I will see how my sisters want to proceed with the salad for the shower.

Nancy answered
August 2, 2011 at 7:09 AM

My favorite way to use cilantro is in fresh salsa, though there are endless options when it comes to cilantro in the kitchen. Here are several mouth-watering ideas from Eating Well.

Jessica Corwin MPH RDN Health Coach answered
August 4, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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