21 Recipes That Use Fresh Mint

updated Jul 12, 2021
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It’s true that a sprig of fresh mint makes a lovely garnish for almost anything you serve, but I’m here to remind you that’s it’s capable of so much more. Mint is a terrific herb to keep around the kitchen — or to grow on your own! (Just keep it away from other herbs you’re growing, because it’ll overtake them.)

As a kitchen herb, it pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes. It’s bright and fresh (like fellow common herbs, parsley and basil), it provides instant zip to whatever it’s added to, and there’s definitely no shortage of what to make with it. Throw it into your morning smoothie or happy hour cocktail, make a mint pesto to top chicken, blend it into a cool dip, or toss it into salads. If you have a bunch of mint to work with, look to these 21 mint recipes for a little inspiration.

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Orzo Tabbouleh
While this Middle Eastern salad is typically made with bulgur, orzo makes for a fun alternative. Better yet, you probably already have a box of the pasta in your pantry right now.
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Vietnamese-Style Chicken & Noodle Salad
If you can't find fresh lemongrass to make the marinade and dressing for this vibrant cold noodle salad, feel free to swap in lemongrass paste.
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Marinated Feta-Beet Salad
You can use a mix of whatever fresh herbs you have for this cheesy beet salad, but mint and dill pair especially well with all the flavors here.
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Spaghetti with Crispy Pancetta, Peas, and Burrata
This fast and fancy pasta dinner is the absolute best excuse to pop open your favorite bottle of white wine or rosé on any ol' weekend.
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Creamy Greek Tzatziki Sauce
It's always a good idea to have a bowl of this tzatziki sauce in the fridge. Dip veggies into it as a snack, swipe it on sandwiches, and dollop it on grilled chicken, steak, and fish.
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Greek-ish Grain Salad
This grain salad is pretty customizable: Use brown rice in place of farro, try different varieties of olives, skip the chile, and even add other vegetables to it like cherry tomatoes or roasted red peppers.
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Steak and Rice Noodle Salad with Mint and Peanuts
Rich and charred steak, chewy rice noodles, bright and juicy lime, sweet mint, and salty peanuts combine for a weeknight dinner with big flavor.
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Pitcher Mint Juleps
While mint juleps are most traditionally enjoyed for the Kentucky Derby, they're too refreshing to save for only one day a year.
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Cauliflower Fritters with Mint & Pea Spread
These veggie-packed fritters are perfect on their own, but also can be tucked into pita halves for a hearty sandwich.
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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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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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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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Minty Snap Pea Salad
This fresh and crunchy salad has a way of feeling fancy, yet comes together in a flash and knows how to play side dish to just about anything you're cooking up.
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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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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.
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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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Chickpea, Barley and Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Mint and Feta
On nights when I have no energy to cook, this salad always hits the spot. I starts with barley or brown rice stashed in the freezer, and I like to double the amount of fresh mint.
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Iced Green Tea with Ginger, Mint and Honey
A big handful of fresh mint and some punchy ginger are the duo your iced tea is missing.
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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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Halloumi, Kale, and Mint Gozleme
Gozleme is a traditional Turkish street food, and this version from Hetty McKinnon starts with a 2-ingredient flatbread that's stuffed with halloumi and greens, then cooked on a griddle.
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Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Fresh mint infuses these crinkle cookies with bright, herbal notes that have long been an ideal match for rich chocolate.
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