Our 10 Most Popular Recipes with Herbs

When summer is in full swing, there’s nothing like adding herbs to all your dishes to give them a burst of freshness. Basil, parsley, cilantro and mint are at their peak in summertime, and they’re in plentiful supply at the grocery store too, making them both accessible and affordable! We’ve compiled a list of our readers’ 10 favourite recipes featuring herbs.

1. Classic Pesto

Making homemade pesto is as simple as pressing a button on a food processor. This is the perfect recipe for putting a large amount of basil to good use, mixed with Parmesan, pine nuts and olive oil. And it’s so versatile, it can be used to make fantastic pasta dishes, as a spread for sandwiches or even as a tasty dip.

2. Mojito

What’s the quintessential summer cocktail? Why, the Mojito, of course! Dark rum, club soda, lime and a good dose of mint make it the perfect drink to sip by the pool.

3. Fresh Spring Rolls

What’s not to love about nicely filled spring rolls? And they’re even more delicious when you give them a flavour boost by adding mint leaves! Serve them with peanut sauce for a meal the whole family will enjoy.

4. Tabbouleh

This parsley salad is the perfect accompaniment to a dish of keftas or a Mediterranean-inspired mezze platter, and it makes a nice addition to any lunch. It packs a healthy punch of parsley, but also a touch of mint.

5. Chimichurri Sauce

This sauce from Argentina is brimming with herbs such as cilantro, oregano, parsley and thyme. With just a hint of spiciness, it goes wonderfully with grilled red meat and poultry.

6. Baked Trout with Roasted Vegetables

This fish recipe is the perfect weekday dinner. And you can make it in a snap! Simply arrange all the ingredients on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven. Sprinkle it at the last minute with chopped basil and serve with basil mayonnaise.

7. Herbes Salées (herbs preserved with salt)

Take advantage of the summertime bounty of fresh herbs by preserving salted herbs in jars. Simply mix fresh herbs with carrots, celery and leeks, and add a large amount of salt. This mixture will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator. It can be used to flavour soups, salad dressings and any dish you’d like to enhance with the pleasing taste of salty fresh herbs.

8. Grilled Lobster with Lemon and Herbs

Lobster and fresh herbs: the ultimate summertime pairing! Cut the lobster lengthwise, drizzle with herb oil and then cook on the grill. Serve the lobster with herb mayonnaise. Simply delicious.

9. Seafood and Fresh Herb Pizza

This summery pizza is as good as it looks! Spread crème fraîche on a pizza crust, then bake on a pizza stone on the barbecue. Once it’s cooked, top with shrimp and a mix of parsley, basil, thyme and green onions.

10. Sweet Potato and Tofu Patties

These sweet potato patties are a big hit with the kids. They not only contain tofu and feta cheese, but cilantro as well, which adds even more flavour to these patties that are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.