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.