8 tasty recipes that use fresh herbs

Fresh herbs can brighten any dish. Let kids smell them, wash, pick and garnish with them. Soon they'll know their rosemary from their thyme.

8 tasty recipes that use fresh herbs

Photo: Erik Putz

8 ways with fresh herbs


Fresh basil holds its own in this hearty salad. That’s soft-boiled egg, potatoes, green beans, tuna, cherry tomatoes and sprouts living it up under a Dijon dressing. Get the recipe: Sprouted Niçoise Salad

plate of restaurant-style nicoise salad with hard boiled eggs


There’s something so right about a bowl of guac. This chunky version features large pieces of cherry tomato and plenty of chives. Pass the chips. Get the recipe: Cherry Tomato and Chive Guacamole

wooden platter with bowl of chunky guacamole and cut veggies



You’ve got tomato sauce, you’ve got pasta—you need basil. Small hands can help mix the cheese, pack the shells, pick the basil and garnish with it. You can basically kick back with a drink and supervise. Get the recipe: Cheese Stuffed Giant Shells

casserole dish of stuffed pasta shellsPhoto: Erik Putz


Fresh mint and peas are best buds and the proof is in this light, sweet soup. Don’t forget to sprinkle feta overtop and serve with crusty bread for dipping. Get the recipe: Fresh Pea and Edamame Soup with Mint and Feta

bowl of green pea soup with fresh mint and crumbled feta for garnish

Fennel + rosemary + parsley

This light recipe goes heavy on flavour. Trout is slathered in a mixture of thinly sliced fennel and fresh rosemary mixed with olive oil, and then served with an herb salsa starring parsley, with garlic and capers playing strong supporting roles. Tip: This dish is the perfect introduction to fennel—cooking softens its assertive crunch and sweet licorice notes. Get the recipe: Roasted Trout with Fennel and Herb Salsa

platter with roasted fish covered in fennel and rosemary


Rosemary + thyme

Go back to basics with a satisfying roast chicken. This one bathes for an hour in a lemony marinade featuring fresh rosemary and thyme, and then the cavity is stuffed with more herbs, so this bird is thoroughly flavoured inside and out! Get the recipe: Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Chicken

roasted chicken on a plate with gravy


Pan-fried sage isn’t just a flourish reserved for restaurants—you can do it at home, too. Sprinkled with chopped sage and salty prosciutto, these scallopini cook up in a hurry and are topped with a quick pan sauce and crispy sage leaves. Get the recipe: Veal Saltimbocca

plate of veal cutlets, fresh sage and grilled zucchini


Crepes are a classy blank slate that can be flavoured any way you wish. The green flecks in these ones come from chopped fresh parsley and green onion, but you could go rogue and add any other light, leafy herb to the batter. Just make sure to chop it finely. Get the recipe: Herbed Crepes with Chicken, Asparagus and Mushrooms

herbed crepe stuffed with saucy chicken, asparagus and mushrooms

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This article was originally published on Jun 05, 2019

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