6 Parsley Recipes
Parsley Recipes: More Than Just a Garnish
Many of us still think of parsley as merely a garnish. However, this vibrant green is a delicious, inexpensive, and readily available way to boost our intake of greens. Parsley is high in Vitamins K and C. It has anti-inflammatory properties, can aid with digestion, and can help strengthen the immune system. The most common types of parsley are curly parsley and flat-leaf parsley, which is also known as Italian parsley. I prefer the more robust flavor of Italian parsley. Try storing parsley in a jar or vase of water on the kitchen counter, like a bunch of flowers. This serves as both decoration, and a reminder to use the herbs while cooking, instead of burying the bunch deep in your fridge, only to be unearthed, rotten, a week later. The following six parsley recipes incorporate this appetizing herb as something other than a sprig of garnish on the side of your plate.
Quick Pasta with Parsley Mint Pesto
When people think pesto, they often think basil. But pesto, by definition, means “to pound,” and practically any herb that is pounded releases its volatile oils and flavors. This Parsley-Mint Pesto recipe leaves behind basil completely (although you can certainly add some in), and can be used on pasta, vegetables, eggs, meat, rice, and just about anything you can dream up.
Mom’s Meatballs with Parsley and Onion Salad
Traditionally served alongside grilled meats in Turkish and other middle-eastern cuisines, this Parsley and Onion Salad recipe is fast and refreshing. I also think the parsley helps with meat digestion. Bonus: no need to chop the parsley for this salad, just pluck one cup of leaves, combine with a couple of other pantry ingredients, and this simple robust salad is ready.
Radish and White Bean Salad
When using parsley, I am not just thinking about the leaves. Herb stems are full of flavor, and deserve to be considered before tossing. This Radish and White Bean Salad recipe utilizes parsley stems, which are paired with capers, olives, sherry vinegar, and other ingredients for a piquant Mediterranean-inspired salad. Try it as a complement to just about any main dish, or as a light lunch or snack.
Hard-Boiled Eggs with Garlic and Parsley
This unusual recipe is perfect for an appetizer, snack, or even breakfast. A simplified gremolata, it’s a delicious and scrumptious way to pair greens with a familiar ingredient, hard-boiled eggs. Make these for your next cocktail party for friends–they take just minutes to make, and can done ahead of time, leaving you free to hang out, relax, and receive compliments about your amazing cooking skills.
This classic Turkish recipe calls for a half-cup of fresh herbs. Parsley is a perfect option, as well as mint and dill. Parsley is also a terrific garnish for a platter full of these crispy zucchini fritters. Like the recipe above, make these in advance, then reheat just before the party for another awesome snack or appetizer option.
Green Power Frittata
I love eating greens for breakfast as an easy, delicious, and powerful way to start my day. In this Green Power Frittata, parsley is combined with kale, chard, spinach, or other greens of your choice, and amped up in flavor with sun-dried tomatoes and cheese. This filling breakfast will get your motor revved up and take you well past the mid-morning hangries.