Nothing say Saint Patrick’s Day like a fun vibrant green recipe. This Cilantro Parsley Soup fits the bill perfectly and it will let you go threw those bunches of herbs just sitting in your fridge.
Let me tell you how this Cilantro Parsley Soup recipe came about. Here is a story we are all too familiar with. A situation we are all guilty off. You buy a big bunch of coriander or parsley for a recipe…because you need like 1/2 cup of it only. You put practically the whole bunch back in the fridge and promise yourself to use it before it wilts. Next thing you know that whole bunch of herbs is being tossed into the garbage because it went bad. Sounds familiar?
Well I had a bunch each of parsley and coriander in the fridge and I was determined to use them all up. But I live alone. How on earth am I suppose to go through 2 big bunches of herbs? Soups! I started looking up soup recipes and here is my Cilantro Parsley Soup creation. I used up everything, stems included, in one recipe.
Does this Cilantro Parsley Soup sound a bit weird to you? I was a little skeptical at first but I think it is my new favorite soup. I just love it. It is very easy to make and I added one potato to thicken it up. I also added a bit of green curry paste for flavor but that is totally optional.
Funny enough, I found it tasted WAY BETTER cold rather than hot too. The coriander flavor is more pronounced when cold. But don’t worry it is not overpowering either. I have included options in the recipe to make it vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Cilantro Parsley Soup
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 medium onions finely chopped
- 1 large bunch parsley
- 1 large bunch coriander
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- 1 large potato chopped
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- salt and pepper to taste
- lemon juice to taste
- green curry paste optional
- 1 cup milk/cream or coconut milk
- Heat the oil in a large pan on medium. Add the onions, chopped parsley and coriander stalks. Lower heat and cook until soft without browning, about 10 minutes.
- Add the garlic and potato and stir.
- Pour in the stock, parsley leaves and half the coriander leaves. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until potato are cooked. Meanwhile chop remaining coriander leaves and set aside.
- When the potatoes are cooked, remove from heat and blend it to a smooth purée with a hand blender.
- Pour the soup back into the pan, and season with salt, pepper, lemon juice and curry paste to taste. Add and stir well the remaining coriander leaves and milk. Serve in soup bowl warm or cold.
Its green color lends itself perfectly to the upcoming holiday, Saint Patrick’s Day. How cool would it be to serve up green dishes for a special Irish inspired meal! Below you find a selection of delicious green Saint Patrick’s Day recipes worthy of such a themed menu.
Fiddlehead and Wild Asparagus California Pizza
The California Pizza is usually a single-serving pizza that combines a thinner crust with local seasonal toppings. Here is my version…and we all know how the Irish do like to play their fiddles!
Peach Monster Smoothie
A healthy green vegan smoothie made with fruits, a little leafy greens and some rice milk.
Irish Bacon Cabbage Millet Soup
All the goodness of Ireland in a soup….well almost. No potatoes here as we switch them for millet making this a gluten-free hearty soup.
Mint Basil Pistachio Pesto
A fun and refreshing modern twist on pesto made with mint, basil, pistachios, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and lemon juice. Great with pasta.
Coconut Lime Tofu Pudding Verrines
I just love these guilt-free tofu puddings, barely any sugar added and the flavors here scream summer tropics! Just ignore the whip cream on top 😉
This is the greenest soup I’ve ever seen! I love coriander so I know I’d like this!
LOL it really is and so easy and delicious!
I agree that looks wierd but if you say its your new favourite soup then this is something special. better try it soon
I promise, if you like cilantro, you will not regret trying this soup 🙂
Very interesting. Not sure I would eat it, but great for St. Pats day!
Happy St. Pat’s day! Thanks for your comment 🙂
The idea of Cilantro Parsley Soup is quite unusual but because you said it’s delicious, I would love to try this idea. 🙂
Thanks Nagi, if you love cilantro than I am sure you would enjoy it 🙂
I LOVE coriander, but wouldnt have thought to use it as the main ingredient in soup. But….. as it is you suggesting it is a delicious combination, I shall give it a whirl.
I know its sounds crazy Anna, but I swear it is delicious lol. Let me know if you try it.
What an interesting soup! Bright and delicious.
Thanks Amy 🙂
I like this combo you used here
Thank you Priya!
Love myself a good bowl of soup. Will definitely try this recipe! Thanks!
Thanks Eileen, let me know how it turns out!
Bonjour and all look delicious Evelyne! Wish I could try each and every one as all look like St Patrick’s Day food fun!
Gooday Johanne, so nice to read from you! Thanks for the great comment. Happy St Patrick’s Day!
My family is going to love this soup coz they are hopelessly in love with cilantro! 😛
SO glad to hear that, let me know if you try it and what you think 🙂
I really love both cilantro and parsley. I imagine this must be quite detoxifying as well. Thank you for sharing and happy St Patrick’s Day.
What a great point about detoxifying Serina, did not even think of that! Thanks.
Love the idea of cilantro parsley soup. Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs so I’m sure the soup would be great. Interesting to read that you preferred it cold over hot. Guess, I’ll have just have to make it and try it for myself. Great pictures of all the dishes. Love the pizza design. Great ideas for Saint Patrick’s day. Thanks 🙂
Love another cilantro fan 🙂 Yeah for some reason heated kind of washed out the flavors a bit.Let me know if you try the soup. Happy Saint Patrick’s day!
Yup, it’s the extra cilantro and parsley that always goes to waste. I even nurse it along in glasses of water for about a week, but end up tossing it. Great idea to use it to make a lovely soup!
I even have a gadget glass thing too and I still cannot go through the herbs fast enough lol. Would Bill go for it lol?
This sounds super familiar 🙂 I usually does that I buy it to garnish my final product and poof it goes bad.. Although we are 5 in this house, so no worries number of people does not solve the problem.. at least for me. Loved your recipe a lot.
I was sure a lot of people could relate lol, glad you loved it and hope you try the soup!
I love this idea!! My hubs doesn’t like cilantro, so I always have too much of it. This is a brilliant way to use it up. 🙂
Thanks Krista for your comment and glad you like the idea!
GOOD THING I AM NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE who taste SOAP when they eat cilantro! NOPE – NOT ME!!! WAHOO! Shoveling this into my mouth very soon, that’s for sure. Well… I guess I need to make it on the 17th 😉
Did you know, green is my favorite color! haha.
Well yeah if green is your fave color, you have NO CHOICE but to make this on the 17th he he!
I know I will enjoy this cause I love anything with cilantro or coriander as we call it here.
I never know which to use either, cilantro or coriander. We use both but I go with my mood at the time lol.
This soup sounds crazy weird, but I freakin LOVE coriander (cilantro) so willing to trust you and give it a whirl. I’m sure if the soup didnt work, it could be utilised in a whole bunch of delicious ways. 🙂
I know it sounds crazy weird, but I assure you it totally work. Especially if you are such a fan of cilantro! You will not regret it 🙂
I love the idea of this and I’m sure you could use any combination of soft herbs ?
Totally agree Tandy, would be fun to try different herb combinations
We always have this issue with herbs. We just can’t use them up quickly enough, especially cilantro and dill! Great idea Eve! 😀
Thanks Lorraine 🙂 I was actually wondering myself if dill could pull off a soup.
What a great idea to use up cilantro and parsley…I love the color of it. Nice ideas for St, Patrick’s day Evelyne.
Hope you are having an amazing week 🙂
Thanks Julia, great for the herbs and I am sure it would be good with others too.
I love cilantro! The soup sounds and looks really tasty and good for you. That fiddlehead pizza looks to die for, Evelyne.
Thanks Angie, glad you like cilantro because this is only for cilantro lovers lol.