Calling All Cilantro Haters! We Know You Don’t Like “Soap” In Your Salads So Here Is an Awesome Collection of Salad Recipes with No Cilantro.
Cilantro is the mother of all great divides. The word “hate” has never been more liberally used than by those who abhor the herb. In fact, they are almost proud of it, taunting us cilantro lovers with memes designed to ignite a vegetable brawl.
Before we understood this unimaginable distaste, it was incredibly difficult to empathise. How could this refreshing, earthy, citrusy and tart herb that elevates so many dishes around the world, be so gross to so many?
We use to categorise cilantro haters as “fussy eaters” and cilantro lovers the world over would roll their eyes when they would watch their friends and families pick out the cilantro one by one. Or even worse, having to create a separate portion of your signature dish just for that one friend (you know who you are!).
The common complaint that cilantro tastes like soap must have sparked the curiosity of Cornell University when in 2012 they decided to conduct a study with approximately 30,000 people. The results were fascinating and revealed that there is one specific gene, OR6A2, an olfactory receptor, that causes the dislike. This gene is particularly sensitive to the scent of aldehyde chemicals, which also exists in soap.
So, cilantro haters, it’s in your genes. Whilst we all have this gene; your olfactory abilities are more heightened which makes some odours more pronounced and acute than others. This explains why all cilantro haters think cilantro tastes like soap.
This finding however brings about conflicting emotions for us cilantro lovers. Now we have no choice but to be a little bit more sensitive about your vehement dislike which frankly, was so much more fun when we could outrightly groan with frustration. Haha! But most of all, empathy has turned to pity. Your inability to enjoy this diverse herb across so many signature dishes is well, just so darn sad.
Alright, alright…..despite your genetic failings, we still do love cooking for you. We don’t want you to miss out on some of the tastiest salad recipes you’ll ever come across. As a result of that, we have compiled for you, some of our favourite salads that DON’T have cilantro.
NO SOAP FOR YOU!
Is It Cilantro or Coriander?
Cilantro is the Spanish word for coriander and used widely in the US and of course Spanish speaking nations.
The word coriander derives from Old French: coriandre and is widely used in the UK, Australia and Asia.
We hope you love our collection of no cilantro salad recipes. See, us cilantro lovers can continue to live with you in culinary harmony!
All jokes aside, we do understand and we do actually create recipe specifically without the “offending” herb. We hope you’ll enjoy these recipes as much as we do!