web analytics

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! Use Cooking Tips for Gardeners for more fresh herb ideas!

Click here to PIN Cooking with Fresh Parsley!

Cooking with Fresh Parsley found on KalynsKitchen.com

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.

Cooking with Fresh Parsley found on KalynsKitchen.com

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.

Cooking with Fresh Parsley found on KalynsKitchen.com

Ever since I first tried White Bean Salad with Tuna and Parsley, it’s something I’ve made over and over every summer.

Cooking with Fresh Parsley found on KalynsKitchen.com

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.

Cooking with Fresh Parsley found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Cheesy Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley is a delicious and quick way to cook zucchini!

Cooking with Fresh Parsley found on KalynsKitchen.com

In this Cucumber, Onion, and Parsley Salad with Feta Cheese, the parsley is a perfect flavor accent for the other ingredients.

Cooking with Fresh Parsley found on KalynsKitchen.com

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!

Cooking with Fresh Parsley found on KalynsKitchen.com

Marinated Tomato Salad with Parsley and Marjoram Dressing is a recipe I got from my sister Sandee, and this is a winner!

Cooking with Fresh Parsley found on KalynsKitchen.com

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.

Cooking with Fresh Parsley found on KalynsKitchen.com

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.

Cooking with Fresh Parsley found on KalynsKitchen.com

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!

Cooking with Fresh Parsley found on KalynsKitchen.com

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.

Cooking with Fresh Parsley found on KalynsKitchen.com

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

17 comments on “Cooking Tips for Gardeners: Cooking with Fresh Parsley”

  1. I admit that I like the flat leaf parsley better, but any parsley adds flavor and texture and has such health benefits. I use dried parsley flakes a lot, too. Parsley is also detoxifying and removes the "bloat" per Beth at Delectably Free. Sometimes one needs that. 😉 She told us that fact when she shared her Tabbouleh recipe: http://delectablyfree.com/2010/05/tabbouleh/

    So many lovely recipes, Kalyn–thanks!
    Shirley

  2. Oh my, all of these look scrumptious. I love parsley in salads and always have Italian parsley growing in pots.

  3. Kalyn, just wanted to share two recipes I've made with parsley in a starring role. Grilled Chicken with Parsley Salad: http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2012/03/grilled-chicken-with-parsley-salad-and-sun-dried-tomatoes-recipe.html
    Chimichurri Sauce (a favorite of my kids on just about anything) http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2010/10/how-to-dress-up-a-roasted-chicken-chimichurri-recipe.html

  4. Jane, hope you enjoy experimenting with it!

  5. I must admit, I am guilty of only using parsley as a garnish, but you inspired me to plant some in my garden! I had no idea it was a biennial. Lots of recipes for me to try now, thank you 🙂

  6. Lydia, I am thinking parsley might be the herb I use most often too, now that I think about it! Love the way it tastes so fresh.

  7. Of all the herbs I grow in my garden, parsley is the one I use most often. Fresh parsley is nothing like the limp parsley in my supermarket; it's vibrant, in both color and flavor, and completely changes the nature of any dish. Thanks for including my recipes in this terrific list. I'm taking away a lot of new ideas!

  8. Pam, when mine goes to seed like that, I just cut the plant way back and it sends out new stems and leaves.

  9. Parsley does not do well for me at all. It just bolts in the summer heat after a couple of weeks. Tips?

  10. TW, hope your parsley will have a growth spurt and surprise you. I love the sound of parsley spread!

  11. These pictures just pop! The green parsley is so vivid! My poor garden parsley is struggling a bit. But today at the farmers market I picked up a batch of something called "parsley spread," a very fresh, pesto-style dip. One way or another, I will get my greens!

  12. Jeanette, it is something I ALWAYS have in the fridge or garden!

  13. It is funny how parsley is so often overlooked and used just as a garnish. Love this nice collection of recipes where parsley plays a starring role.

  14. Thanks Heather! I agree about the way parsley just brightens up the flavors when you use it in a dish.

  15. Fresh parsley just makes every dish fresh and vibrant. What a collection you have! (I adore your parsley hummus and actually posted a version of it about a year ago!) I can't wait to try some of your salads.

  16. Amanda, I knew you would! Thanks for sharing a recipe.

  17. Awesome collection Kalyn! I definitely have parsley growing in my garden. I've pinned this collection to save it. Here's my favorite super fast chicken recipe using parsley, yum! http://amandascookin.com/2009/06/chicken-with-garlic-parsley.html

Leave a comment »