Nutrition: Fresh Summer Herb Recipes We Love

Herbs are an easy way to add flavor and interest to almost any dish! They are usually sold for a low price at local farmers’ markets, or you can even start growing them at home. Adding herbs to dishes can give your dish some extra boosts of Vitamins A & C, and add fun new flavors to your everyday foods.

Mint

Mint has a refreshing smell and always reminds me of warmer weather! Some of my favorite ways to use mint are in a watermelon & feta salad or in a cold glass of iced tea. If you prep the tea overnight with the mint leaves, the mint flavor gets soaked up and makes the tea extra delicious.

 

Dill

Dill is incredibly versatile, it is a comforting herb but also can brighten up any dish! You can use fresh or dried dill, and it is an herb as tasty as they come. You can dress up crackers topped with chicken or egg salad with a touch of dill, or rub some over salmon filets before grilling/baking them! Check our recipe for Baked Salmon with a Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce!

Trick: If a recipe calls for dried dill, take some fresh dill and put it on a paper towel, then place it in the microwave for a few minutes. The flavor from this technique is much stronger than the store-bought dried dill!

Parsley

Not only does parsley add a pop of color but it also adds tons of flavor to so many dishes! Parsley contains beneficial nutrients including folic acid and B vitamins. Parsley is primarily known for being a garnish, but adding fresh parsley to dishes like grain bowls or tabbouleh can create an incredible flavor profile.

Parsley is best fresh, but dried parsley is called for in a lot of recipes! Try our Warm Barley Salad with Pomegranate, Walnuts, Parsley, and Goat Cheese!

Basil

Basil screams fresh food and summer to me! It can be the star of many Greek or Italian dishes, including Caprese salad or a fresh homemade tomato sauce! Basil can also be used in many desserts to add a fresh twist, some ideas include desserts featuring peaches, mango, or strawberries!

One of my favorite ways to use basil that is starting to turn is creating a fresh pesto! Check out our cooking demo for a Mint Basil Pesto recipe!

Are you feeling inspired and in the mood to start exploring other ways to infuse herbs in your menus? For more recipe inspiration check out our recipe library here.