25 Recipes to Help You Use Up a Bunch of Herbs

updated May 1, 2019
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All too often I buy a couple bunches of herbs to use in a specific recipe, punch off a sprig or two, and then the rest gets forgotten about until it wilts and has to be tossed. Does this happen to you?

I hate wasting any food, especially fresh herbs, but it turns out I don’t have to: There actually are a slew of great recipes that use way more than a few sprigs, saving me the guilt of throwing what’s leftover in the trash (with the bonus of a delicious dish!).

From rosemary roasted potatoes and lemon-thyme chicken thighs, to tomato-basil morning muffins and a tropical cilantro smoothie, here are 25 recipes to call on when you’ve got herbs to spare.

A Bunch of Rosemary

Rosemary adds a woodsy, earthy note to savory dishes, whether it’s roast chicken, a side of potatoes, or both.

A Bunch of Thyme

Thyme’s bright aroma is slightly reminiscent of lemon, which means the two are always a perfect match.

A Bunch of Basil

The easiest way to use up lots of basil is to blend some pesto, but there are many other creative ways to use it, including baking it into savory muffins.

A Bunch of Parsley

Chopped parsley adds a touch of freshness to just about any dish, but it’s much more than a garnish. Try using the whole bunch of it to make a classic tabbouleh salad or a unique pesto.

A Bunch of Cilantro

If you bought lots of cilantro for taco night and have a good amount left over, know that you don’t need to eat guacamole for days. Instead, make smoothies and salad dressing!

A Mix of Herbs

Grab whatever odds and ends of fresh herbs you have in the kitchen and bring them together to make creamy dressings and dips, egg dishes, and more.