10 Recipes That Use Fresh Mint

10 Recipes That Use Fresh Mint

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Kelli Foster
Apr 26, 2013
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Mint is a terrific herb to keep around the kitchen — or to grow on your own! It's very hearty. (Just keep it away from other herbs, because it'll overtake them.) As a kitchen herb, it pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes. Throw it into your morning smoothie, make a mint pesto to top chicken, or blend it into a cool dip. If you have a bunch of mint to work with, look to these 10 recipes for a little inspiration.

1. Minty Snap Pea Salad

This summery salad has a way of feeling fancy, yet comes to together in a flash and knows how to play side dish to just about anything you're cooking up.

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2. Watermelon Mint Frosé

Watermelon and mint are natural partners, and if you're looking to cool off, this is the way to do it.

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3. Portuguese-Style Mint Rice

Fresh mint is steamed with the rice, so its sweet aroma is infused throughout the whole pot. You'll want to partner this with anything and everything you're grilling this summer.

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4. Lemon Braised Chicken & Beans with Mint Pesto

Between the mint and lemon, this braise is packed with light, bright flavors that make it worthy of a place in your summertime meal plans.

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5. Minted Summer Couscous with Watermelon and Feta

This sweet, fresh grain salad is a classic summer staple. Honeydew and cantaloupe also make a nice stand in for the watermelon.

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6. Minty Sweet Pea and Mascarpone Dip

A bag of frozen peas, a bunch of fresh mint, and creamy mascarpone are the trio that will really help you up your dip game this summer.

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7. Dairy-Free Raspberry Mango Mint Smoothie

Yes, you should definitely be adding mint to your smoothies (if you're not already!). Pair it with any sort of berry, pineapple, and coconut for an ultra-refreshing drink.

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8. Chickpea, Barley and Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Mint and Feta

On hot summer night when it's too hot to cool, this salad always hits the spot. I start with barley or brown rice stashed in the freezer and an like to double the amount of fresh mint.

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9. Iced Green Tea with Mint & Ginger

A big handful of fresh mint and some punchy ginger are the duo your iced tea is missing.

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10. Snap Peas with Meyer Lemon and Mint

Get a head start by blanching the snap peas and whisking together the vinaigrette in advance, but wait until just before serving to add the mint so its color stays vibrant and doesn't muddy.

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