I loathe cilantro. It tastes like soapy nastiness to me. A few years ago I discovered I was not alone, according to geneticists it might be due to our genes. Regardless of the cause it foul and I cannot stand it. I also hate cantaloupe, it smells like rotting garbage but that is another story.
What to do when a recipe calls for cilantro? Up until today I have simply been leaving it out. But I saw these tomatillos at the orchard and I really wanted to make a salsa. Cilantro be damned I <3 me some salsa. And by some I mean I can and will eat it by the bucketful.
When I saw Kale at the orchard I had a mixture of emotions: Ooh Kale! Fun! —> Wait noooooooooooooo I am not ready for fall foods —> Ooh Kale! It is complicated. What if I used Kale instead of cilantro? Since I am not looking to recreate the taste of
soap cilantro I just wanted a filler, something more than just tomatillos and onions.
Tomatillo and Kale Salsa, lightly adapted from Daisy Martinez’s recipe
1 lb 4 oz tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1/2 cup Kale, stems removed
3 garlic cloves
1/2 jalapeno, deseeded
juice from 1/2 lime
pinch of kosher salt
Broil the kale for 5-7 minutes, until crispy.
Bring the oven to 350F and roast the tomatillos for 10 minutes.
In your food processor add the tomatillos and process.
Add the onions, kale, garlic, jalapeno, and lime juice. Process until smooth and not chunky.
Transfer the salsa to a saucepan and cook to boil over medium high heat.
Cook off the extra liquid until you have your desired consistency.
Allow to cool, and enjoy.
Are there any foods you cannot tolerate the smell or taste of? Do you hate cilantro too? Let me know 🙂