35 Delicious Recipes That Use Fresh Mint

updated Apr 29, 2024
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It’s true that a sprig of fresh mint makes a lovely garnish for almost anything you serve, but we’re 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.

If you have an extra bunch on hand, you can store mint so it stays fresh for weeks. To freeze mint leaves, coarsely chop the mint leaves and place them in an ice cube tray, fill the tray with water, then place it in the freezer. Once frozen, place the ice cubes in a freezer-safe plastic zip-top bag and store in the freezer.

Use up extra mint by adding it into your morning smoothie or happy hour cocktail, make a mint pesto to top grilled chicken, blend it into a creamy dip, or toss it into salads. If you have a bunch of mint to work with, look to these 35 mint recipes for a little inspiration.

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Spanakopita Kale Salad

With briny feta crumbles, crunchy toasted walnuts, and zippy mint, this chopped kale salad tastes just like spanakopita, the iconic Greek savory pie.

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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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Zucchini Pancakes

Fluffy savory pancakes packed with shredded zucchini, fresh mint, and salty bites of feta cheese.

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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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Fresh-Corn Polenta with Butter and Herbs

This summery side dish can be served alongside anything you’d eat with polenta, but it’s also lighter than its cornmeal-based counterpart so it works well with seafood as well.

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Marinated Feta-Beet Salad

You can use a mix of whatever fresh herbs you have for this feta cheese and beet salad, but fresh mint and dill pair especially well with all the flavors here.

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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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Roasted Cauliflower Salad

We don’t know who needs to hear this, but salads are not just an assortment of raw vegetables! One of the most common misconceptions with salads is that you have to eat a little pile of leaves. This roasted cauliflower salad says otherwise.

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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, add it to sandwiches, and dollop it on grilled chicken, steak, and fish.

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Watermelon Feta Salad

Fresh mint adds an herbaceous and refreshing flavor to this watermelon feta salad.

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Mint Julep

A combination of spirit, mint, sugar, and copious amounts of ice, the mint julep is perfect for sipping on hot summer days.

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Sheet Pan Halloumi with Burst Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Preserved Lemon, and Mint

This colorful sheet pan dinner is packed with a wholesome mix of flavorful Mediterranean ingredients.

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Moroccan-Style Braised Lamb

The spices, dried fruit, and almonds are all the same flavors you’d expect to find in a traditional Morroccan tagine, except here the lamb is braised whole on the bone, rather than in pieces. Before serving, sprinkle the braised lamb with chopped fresh mint and parsley for a pop of freshness and color.

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Fregola with Verde Sauce

Craving pasta salad? Make this any-season fregola recipe with kale and herb pesto.

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Sheet Pan Salad With Crispy Chickpeas and Feta

Roast sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and croutons, then build a flavorful, satisfying salad — directly on top!

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Whiskey Smash

One of the best ways to spruce up cocktail hour is to bring in fresh fruit and herbs, and this whiskey smash is the perfect embodiment of that.

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Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Pistachio-Avocado Relish

A few nifty tricks and a flavorful relish helps tenderize chicken breast and keep it succulent. The base of the pistachio-avocado relish starts with lots of fresh parsley and mint, garlic, lemon juice, and extra-virgin olive oil.

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Tomato-Peach Salad with Feta and Cucumbers

This summer peach salad is as vibrant as can be thanks to juicy peach and tomato wedges, sliced cucumber, crumbed feta, and lots of fresh mint.

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Brown Butter Za’atar Pasta

Strands of spaghetti or bucatini tossed with brown butter that’s infused with za’atar, lemon juice, Parmesan, and fresh mint.

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The Best Grilled Chicken Salad

Packed with bright, fresh, bold flavors and juicy strips of chicken breast, this is the grilled chicken salad you'll eat on repeat all summer long.

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Summer Salad Tart with Bouncy Herbs

This puff pastry tart is simultaneously rich and light — beautiful to look at and fun to eat.

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Grilled Zucchini Boats with Lemony Tabbouleh

The tender grilled zucchini boat holds a tangy, bright, lemony tabbouleh enhanced with spiced ground beef. Serve with hummus and baba ghanoush with warm pita for dipping, and round out the meal with a big summer salad.

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Herb Sauce

These flavorful grilled lamb chops come together in less than an hour, but are elegant enough for a special occasion.

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Fast and Fancy Green Fruit Salad

Cubes of cool, mellow melon are tossed with sweet green grapes, star fruit, creamy avocado, and fresh mint for an easy fruit salad that looks and tastes impressive.

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Cucumber Water with Ginger, Mint, and Lemon

This refreshing water infused with cucumber, fresh ginger, lemon, and mint tastes like a day at the spa.

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Halloumi Salad with Peaches, Cherries, and Arugula

This jam-packed summer salad combines juicy peaches and cherries with peppery arugula, creamy avocado, crunchy pistachios, and crispy cubes of halloumi cheese.

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Grilled Swordfish

Grill meaty swordfish to perfection and top with an easy, fresh lemon-herb sauce. Grilled swordfish pairs well with a simple green salad and some crusty bread, or with rice pilaf and grilled summer squash.

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Asparagus Salad

The best way to preserve the freshness and flavor of asparagus for the salad is to blanch it. Fresh mint and dill make this salad extra refreshing.

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Lemon Herb Pasta Salad with Green Beans

Light and fresh pasta salad packed with fresh herbs, snappy green beans, and a sunny lemon vinaigrette.

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20-Minute Steak Salad with Chile, Garlic, and Herbs

This easy steak salad gets an umami hit from fish sauce, sherry vinegar, and lime juice tossed through a mix of crunchy veg, and is finished with fresh herbs.

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Kabab Torsh (Kebabs Marinated in Pomegranate and Herbs)

These beef kebabs are delightfully tender and flavorful, which comes from marinading them for an extended period of time in a mixture of fresh herbs and pomegranate molasses.

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Falafel-Spiced Crispy Mushroom Pitas with Garlicky Yogurt

Crispy, golden-brown mushrooms coated in a medley of ground coriander, cumin, and cayenne; topped with quick-pickled cabbage, fresh veggies, and a minty yogurt sauce. It's a 20-minute weeknight dinner that comes together in a snap.

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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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Easy Herby Meatballs

Cut back on meatball prep by letting your blender do all the work. Purée fresh herbs like mint and aromatics into a flavorful base before combining with ground beef and breadcrumbs.

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Farro with Caramelized Carrots, Crispy Broccolini, and Herby Yogurt Dressing

This good-for-you grain bowl is quick to whip up, and is packed with veggies, protein, and a simple yogurt dressing.

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