Alright, let me confess something right here and now: I am not a fan of cilantro, not even a little bit.

With that off my chest, let me continue. This may seem bizarre, but the smell makes me think of poison. I’ve never smelled poison, but when I open a bag of the fresh herb, that is what comes to mind. Even if I could get past the smell, the taste is not something I particularly enjoy unless hidden in a salsa or used sparingly in a sauce. Apparently, I’m not the only one; there are a few blogs out there which share my view.

Knowing this, you might ponder what possessed me to make a Cilantro and Lime Vinaigrette this past summer. Even more surprising, you might like to know why my family, myself included, absolutely loved it.

I wish I could take credit for the recipe, but the vinaigrette is by Caroline at Whipped the Blog. If you are unfamiliar with this food blog, I strongly urge you to take a look at it. Caroline has beautiful food photography and delicious recipes, including the one I am discussing today. After grilling a few chicken breasts marinated with lime among other ingredients, I searched the internet for a complimentary vinaigrette to dress mixed greens underneath the protein. I certainly was not looking for something with cilantro, it just happened to find cross my path.

After doubling her Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette to accommodate a family of four, and we all loved it. The actual servings were slightly larger than pictured above, this image was taken after I experimented with plating the dish. What are your thoughts on cilantro? Love it, hate it, or indifferent? Let me know in the comments below.