Fresh from the Garden

Herbs can give your dish that special something

Whether you’re growing them in your own backyard or picking them up at the farmers market, fragrant fresh herbs are a healthy, inexpensive way to boost the flavor profile of any meal. From soups and salads to sauces and marinades — and even your 5 o’clock cocktail — using fresh herbs brings a lively color and taste that you just can’t get without them.

Our favorite fresh herbs to turn up the flavor include basil, cilantro, mint, rosemary, tarragon, parsley, dill, thyme and sage. Certain herbs complement one another, while some are stand-alone stars. If you’re accustomed to thinking of herbs as an afterthought (Hello sad, limp parsley garnish!), we hope these recipes will change your mind.

Fresh herbs play a starring role in this month’s recipes: There’s the minty mojito, a parsley and breadcrumb crusted salmon and a cold cucumber soup with fresh dill. Each one is infused with a different bright flavor straight from the garden. 

Even if you weren’t blessed with a green thumb, herbs are relatively easy to grow at home. All you need is a sunny windowsill in your kitchen and a starter kit to set up your own herb garden.

Categories: Local Flavor