“Know how to garnish food so that it is more appealing to the eye and even more flavorful than before.” -Marilyn Vos Savant
I’m so excited that I have been selected as part of the OXO Blogger Outreach Program to help spread the word about OXO Healthy Eating Tools. I’ve always loved OXO kitchen products. Some of my favorites include their soap squirting dish brush, silicone sink strainer, good grips can opener and now this salad spinner!
Cilantro is something we always have in our refrigerator. I garnish all my Indian dishes with it, add it in my eggs, yogurt, and even in a sandwich here and there. The only downfall about keeping so much of it at home is that if I don’t use it for a few days it starts to soften and turn to mush. I’ve tried so many different things to try and prevent this from happening, washing it and letting it air dry before refrigerating, wrapping it in paper towels, storing it in different areas of the fridge, etc.
When OXO emailed me about their Salad Spinner, I knew exactly what I’d be testing it on… cilantro! I had heard of using salad spinners to dry fresh herbs and wanted to see if it really made a difference. After my usual routine of trimming the hard stems and washing it, I handed the cilantro over to HD to give our new OXO kitchen tool a quick “spin” ;)! I was surprised to see the amount of water that was released just after a few whirls. A few days later the cilantro was just as fresh as the day I bought it! Wahooo, no more mush!
Since I had so much cilantro on hand I decided to make pesto with almonds and cilantro. This is a wonderful alternative to basil pesto and it stores great too. You can toss it with pastas, top it on warm toasty bread, use it as pizza sauce, the combinations are endless!
2 cups packed fresh cilantro leaves
1 cup almonds
4 large garlic cloves
1 serrano chili
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Combine the cilantro, garlic, serrano chili, and almonds in a blender/food processor and puree until smooth. Add the Parmesan, oil and salt and puree until desired consistency.
OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner
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