Quick & Delicious Cilantro Vinaigrette

Quick & Delicious Cilantro Vinaigrette

cilantro leaves

Cilantro Vinaigrette

Have too much cilantro? Here’s the best recipe I’ve found to use it all up quickly. The flavor is excellent on a salad but you could spread it on a sandwich or even make a cold pasta salad with grilled chicken. It’s very flexible so try different ways to make it your own!

  • Prep Time 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time 5 Minutes
  • Total Time 10 Minutes
  • Serves 4 People


  • 1 shallot, chopped roughly
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro (2 cups tightly packed)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or, cayenne, tabasco, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Water (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients for your cilantro vinaigrette in a blender and pulse until very smooth
  2. Add a little water if necessary to blend.
  3. Taste and adjust salt and vinegar to taste.
  4. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 5 days.


  1. I include the thin cilantro stems for a stronger flavor. 
  2. You can use any kind of oil (olive, sunflower, etc.) but sesame oil gives it an “asian” flavor.
  3. I think a small slice of ginger added to the mixture would be good but I haven’t tried it yet.


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