Cooking Tips for Gardeners: Cooking with Fresh Parsley
Here are all my tips for Cooking with Fresh Parsley which is part of a series of posts on Cooking Tips for Gardeners!
Even though I grew up with a mom who would nibble the garnish of parsley from her plate when we ate in restaurants, I was well into adulthood before I developed a real appreciation of this grassy-flavored herb. Now I can’t get enough of it, and grow both curly parsley and flat leaf parsley in my garden. Some cooks adore the flat-leaf Italian parsley and ignore the curly type, but I like both, and actually prefer curly parsley in some salads where it adds an interesting texture.
In the garden parsley is a biennial, which means the plant will produce leaves for two years. I find it’s relatively easy to grow, and if you neglect your plants a little in the fall they will drop seeds which keeps parsley plants coming up in that spot year after year. If you start parsley from purchased seed you’ll have to be patient because the seeds take a long time to germinate (although soaking them overnight before planting can help a lot.) Parsley plants do best when they’re trimmed through the season to remove seeds and dead leaves.
In many parts of the world, parsley and other leafy herbs are eaten almost as a salad green, and I’ve come to love salads that have a generous amount of parsley, often combined with fresh mint. I also like it very much as an ingredient in ground meat dishes and soups or stews. I think parsley works especially well with tomatoes, cucumbers, dried beans, beef, chicken, lemon, garlic, mushrooms, peppers, and squash, but it’s good with many other flavors. Even if you don’t have it in your garden, parsley is one herb that’s inexpensive and readily available year round, so if you haven’t used it too much it’s a flavor I hope I can inspire you to gain more appreciation for.
You can’t go wrong with the Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad with Parsley and Mint pictured above, and here are ten more of my favorite recipes for using parsley where it’s much more than a garnish.
Ever since I first tried White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley, it’s something I’ve made over and over every summer.
I don’t like tomatoes and cucumbers in my Tabbouleh Salad, but I love the combination in this Bulgur Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley, Mint, and Lemon.
Low-Carb Cheesy Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley is a delicious and quick way to cook zucchini!
In this Cucumber, Onion, and Parsley Salad with Feta Cheese, the parsley is a perfect flavor accent for the other ingredients.
The fresh mint and parsley give this Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic, Cumin, Mint, and Parsley that middle-eastern salad flavor I love so much!
Marinated Tomato Salad with Parsley and Marjoram Dressing is a recipe I got from my sister Sandee, and this is a winner!
I like pretty much every type of hummus, but this Parsley Hummus with Whole Wheat Pita Chips is definitely one of my favorites when I’m making hummus at home.
The parsley flavor is a bit of a surprise in Val’s Sweet Cabbage Slaw with Green Onion and Parsley, but it really works with the cabbage and sweet dressing.
Before I even had a blog my friend Massoud taught me to make this Middle Eastern Tomato Salad (Salad Shirazi), and that may have been the beginning of my appreciation for parsley!
It’s the spices plus chopped mint and parsley mixed into the meat that makes these Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers with Yogurt Sauce something I couldn’t stop eating when I tested the recipe.
Below are more ideas for cooking with fresh parsley. And check out my other Cooking Tips for Gardeners.
Parsley with Beans and Grains:
Roasted Chickpeas with Raisins, Parsley, and Mint from The Perfect Pantry
Carrot, Parsley, and Garbanzo Salad with Feta and Cumin from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Quinoa Cakes with Lemon, Olive, and Parsley from Love and Olive Oil
Black Quinoa and Red Lentil Salad with Parsley from Healthy Green Kitchen
Spicy Pinto Bean and Tuna Salad with Peperoncini, Tomatoes and Parsley from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Parsley with Vegetables:
Marinated Tomato Salad with Parsley and Marjoram Dressing from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Stewed Parsley with Tomatoes and Onions from A Life(time) of Cooking
Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Red Pepper, Parsley, and Mint from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Lemon-Marinated Brussels Sprouts with Parsley and Shallots from The Kitchn
Sauteed Radishes with Vinegar and Herbs from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Parsley with Meat, Poultry, or Fish:
Shrimp with Cilantro-Parsley Sauce from My Colombian Recipes
Saffron Chicken with Parsley and Lemon from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Meatballs with Mint and Parsley in Tomato Sauce from Turntable Kitchen
Roasted wild Salmon with Mustard-Mint-Parsley Sauce from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Irish Beef Stew with Stout and Parsley Dumplings from Dinner with Julie
Parsley in Sauces and Dressings:
Steamed Green Beans and Carrots with Charmoula Sauce from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Parsley Pesto Pasta from Budget Bytes
Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Parsley-Cilantro Marinade and Dipping Sauce from Andrea Meyers
How to Make Gremolata from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Parsley in Soup:
Parsley Soup from Yumblog
Parsnip Soup with Leeks and Parsley from Simply Recipes
Summer Squash Soup with Parsley-Mint Pistou from Smitten Kitchen
Potato and Parsley Soup with Olive Tapenade from Soup Chick
Turkey and Wild Rice Soup with Cabbage, Parsley and Sage from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Even More Parsley Recipes and Ideas:
What’s the Deal with Parsley from Simply Recipes
Do you share my love of fresh parsley? If you have a good parsley recipe, share the link in a comment.