Cooking Tips for Gardeners: Cooking with Fresh Parsley
|Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad with Parsley and Mint|
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.
There aren’t many ingredients in this Carrot and Parsley Salad, but it’s loaded with flavor. This is something I’d make all winter with parsley from the store.
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!
This Middle Eastern Bean Salad with Parsley and Lemon is another salad combination that’s perfect to eat for lunch all summer long!
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.
More 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
More 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
Cheesy Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Lemon-Marinated Brussels Sprouts with Parsley and Shallots from The Kitchn
More 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
More Parsley in Sauces and Dressings:
Parsley Pesto Pasta from Budget Bytes
Chimichurri (Argentinian Parsley Sauce) from Herbivoracious
Parsley Pesto with Sundried Tomatoes from Elana’s Pantry
Parsley-Cilantro Marinade and Dipping Sauce from Andrea Meyers
Vegan Basil Mint Parsley “Pesto” from Gluten Free Goddess
More 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
In 2008 I wrote a series about Cooking with Fresh Herbs for BlogHer.com and shared lots of good ideas for cooking with parsley.
Do you share my love of fresh parsley? If you have a good recipe using this herb, please feel free to leave your recipe link in a comment. You can see the other Cooking Tips for Gardeners by clicking the label.