Mel and I had another cook up this week, and we were very pleased with this cilantro coriander mayonnaise. I have recently admitted that I was not a fan of traditional egg-inspired mayonnaise. But I had forgotten about this coriander concoction I used to smear on tacos during my college days. My first great love was half Mexican, and so we ate tacos a lot! Well, he loved to eat anything. But we certainly revisited the taco trough again and again and again.
Coriander, as we refer to it in Australia, would be second only to flat leaf parsley, on my list of happy herbs that make my snout sing! Honestly, I would put cilantro in everything if it would work. Having said that, it works with a lot! So you can imagine, there is always at least once fresh bunch of coriander in my kitchen, begging to join the party. It doesn’t sit there begging for long. I don’t like to leave my happy herbs wanting!
The Chinese, Indians, Latin Americans, and self respecting cilantro fans agree. Not only is it absolutely delicious, but just like it’s parsley relative, it's really good for us. Sometimes referred to as Chinese parsley, coriander or cilantro, it contains lots of antioxidant flavanoids and phytonutrients which help control blood sugar, fight free radicals and assist with inflammation. Coriander also has powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Cilantro is also known to be associated with heart health and lowering levels of cholesterol. I have learnt recently that it has been linked to eliminating heavy metals such as mercury. OK Tess, note to self: you are a recipe blogger not a doctor! OK, back to what I am qualified to speak about: the taste.
This home made cilantro mayonnaise is absolutely delicious, and you know how I love anything green. You know my motto, “if it is green then it must be good”. Someone is going to blow that motto right off my snout some day. But nobody has been able to do it yet! All joking aside, give this coriander mayonnaise a turn in your blender (I like to use my Vitamix). This homemade mayonnaise recipe yields a lush, thick mayonnaise that looks gorgeous on the table, and provides a much more colourful alternative to traditional white mayonnaises. Plus this recipe is gluten free, dairy free, nut free, soy free and dead easy.
Kermit – I hate to tell you – but it IS easy being green!