8 Ideas for Using Herbs from Your Kitchen Garden

Posted by Diedra Blackmill on Apr 25th 2019

Herbs in eggshell planters

Okay, you’ve got a thriving herb garden growing in your kitchen. Congratulations! Now…

What to do with all those herbs?

No worries. We’ve got plenty of ideas for using up those fresh, tiny greens.

Big salad time

Listen:

I used to think that salads with romaine lettuce and maybe a bit of greenleaf were sufficient. Boy was I wrong.

There is nothing like a salad with a bunch of fresh herbs tossed in. Dill and basil are two of my favorites for livening up salads. With the right herbs, you don’t even need things like tomatoes or shredded carrots.

Simple syrup for drinks

As the weather gets hotter, iced drinks are a true luxury. You can easily create simple syrups to make flavored lemonades, iced teas, and summer cocktails.

Herb infused drinks

Mint and rosemary are popular herbs for drinks. And you can get a simple herb-infused simple syrup recipe here.

Make homemade salad dressing

Salad dressing is actually pretty easy to make at home. Vinaigrettes are as simple as mixing your preferred ratio of oil and vinegar, and adding some salt and seasonings. Most recipes suggest 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar.

Olive oil and salad ingredients

You can add pretty much any chopped herbs you like to a salad dressing. You can even substitute citrus juice or pickle juice for vinegar if you prefer.

Or for a creamier dressing, mix herbs and salt with Greek yogurt. No need to add an acidic flavor because yogurt is already tangy.

Top a pizza

Herbs make a delicious pizza topping. And you can also use them to make your own homemade pizza sauce. In fact, we have a recipe for that right here.

Herb-topped pizza

Make a frittata or omelet

Eggs and herbs are a natural pairing. A frittata is basically like the egg version of pizza. Top it with your favorite herbs and bake.

Or make a traditional omelet in the skillet. Herbs may be tiny, but they pack plenty of extra nutrients into your meals.

Roast an herb chicken

Roasting a chicken is ridiculous easy. Heat the oven to 425, rub the chicken with oil or butter, and sprinkle with salt and herbs.

Herb-roasted chicken

Then just put it in the oven until the meat thermometer reads at least 165 Fahrenheit in the thickest part of the meat, not touching the bone. It should take about 90 minutes. Let the juices settle for 10 or 15 minutes before cutting.

Make garlic herb butter

You don’t even need a recipe for this. Soften butter at room temperature. Then stir in minced garlic and finely chopped herbs.

Garlic bread with herbs

It’s perfect for making garlic toast, buttering spaghetti squash, or sauteing pretty much anything.

And our final idea…

You can always chop the herbs and add them to an ice tray with boiled water. Boiling the water will blanch the herbs so they stay greener after freezing.

Then, whenever you need herbs for sauces, soups, or gravies, just toss in the herb-cubes.

These are just a few ways to make use of those fresh herbs. Talk to us on Facebook and let us know how you like to use the greens from your herb garden.

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