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    Is there any substitute for cilantro?

    Hi guys,
    I love the Mexican cuisine but really hate cilantro. I make my own pico de gillo and salsa but leave the cilantro out of it altogether. It's like eating perfume or flowers, IMO.
    Is there a substitute for it? Something with less of a 'flowery' taste?
    I've used lettuce but found that to be a little flat with no real taste at all.

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    Rick

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    Parsley, basil, mint, as long as they're fresh and you start off slowly, adding to taste...

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    Parsley may do it. Hadn't thought of that one. I'll try it.
    I would think mint would be too strong.

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    Sure thing, I'm not a big cilantro fan myself......

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    How about celery leaves or Italian parsley. milder but the same look.

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    I have always heard that parsley is good as a substitute. It doesn't have that in-your-face exotic taste of fresh cilantro.

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    I would go for the celery leaves. I'm not a big fan of cilantro

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    Have you ever tried dried cilantro? It doesn't have such a powerful flavor. You might like it as an alternative.

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    No, I haven't and don't plan too. I don't care for the taste, mild or strong, Aunty. It's like Brussels Sprouts, YUK!!! LOLOL
    I have tried parsley and like it. I'll be using that from here on out.
    I general don't eat celery. It's not something I've ever eaten, really. Can't remember when I bought a stalk last.
    I add it to my Pea Soup recipe but haven't made that in, I-don't-know-when.

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