Cilantro Pasta Salad

Do you like cilantro? 

If you say yes, proceed  reading through today’s posting. 

If you say no, don’t turn around just yet and read through. I’m actually your friend here! 

When I first met cilantro, I was 20 years old, right after I arrived in the US and turned 20. I don’t remember how I met them for the first time, either at Mexican restaurant or Vietnamese restaurant. But right after I sniffed the herb, my mind was confused as to why the leaves smell like insects. After I tried a tiny bit of herb, I was shocked that it tasted like mown(although I never eat mown) or soap(again, I never eat soap.) While spending my first 5 years in the US, I avoided all cilantro. Sometimes I did a great job removing them from my pho at Vietnamese restaurants, sometimes at Mexican restaurants for tacos. I asked the waiter/waitress not to put cilantro on my food, but quite a lot of time they served it with them and said ”it’s a sin to make food without them.” Looking back on those memories, cilantro does have quite a lot of fans.

And, the time to change came. I went to a Peruvian restaurant and had a green sauce to go with some bread, and I fell in love with the green sauce. Creamy, spicy with beautiful green caught my attention and my dinner buddy and I enjoyed the last drop of it. I was so shocked to know how to make this sauce by asking the waitress because the sauce used a bunch of cilantro! 

But I love the sauce, and if it is good with bread, I can enjoy them with pasta…? And here we go! It’s actually quite tasty by using mayo. Mayo’s creamy texture makes it milder on the vivid green taste and leafy texture. With adding lime juice and jalapeno, you’ve got a yummy sauce for pasta and it’s good for lunch! 


<Today’s Recipe>

Cilantro Pasta Salad

cilantro pasta salad



  • 160g penne
  • 3~5 radish – thinly slice
  • 3 tablespoon canned corn
  • 1/4 cucumber – cut into quarter and thinly slice


  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 tablespoon onion
  • 1 large lime for juice
  • 1.5 tablespoon mayo
  • Some garlic powder
  • Some salt to taste


  • Some carrot
  • Some lime



  1. Fill water in a pan and bring it to boil. Add penne and cook until they are soft.
  2. Put cilantro, jalapeno, onion in a food processor and process until they are smooth. Transfer them in a mixing bowl and add lime juice, mayo, garlic powder and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Drain pasta and cool them for a while.
  4. While penne is cooling down, toss veggies and sauce together.
  5. Add penne and transfer to a plate.
  6. Place garnish and serve!


cilantro pasta salad

It’s like a best example of people saying they can’t eat raw tomatoes but love tomato sauce!


<Other Cool Pasta Salad Recipes for Hot Day>

Lime and feta are best friends! Zesty pasta salad

pasta salad

Don’t like raw tomatoes? No you are lying! Tomato capellini

tomato capellini

Creamy avocado to feel summer! Avocado Pasta Salad

Avocado Pasta Salad

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

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