Food With Mint

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Every day, we’re served new Food With Mint dishes that sparkle and shine. So much so it’s easy to forget how incredibly versatile mint is as an ingredient. Try some yourself; you’ll be surprised what it can do!

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Food With Mint

Mint is one of my favorite fresh herbs to have on hand. Refreshing and flexible, you can use it in a whole lot more than you’d think, which is why we’re dedicating the next two weeks to mint!

So if you have more mint on your hands than you know what to do with, here are seven deliciously refreshing recipes with mint!

1. Mint Tea

Add a sprig or two to a mug and cover in hot water. Let steep for a few minutes then enjoy! I like mine with a dash of honey. Here’s how to make Fresh Mint Tea and Moroccan Mint Tea.

2. Mint Ice Cubes

Brew your mint tea extra strong then freeze it into ice cubes! You’ll have instant minty refreshment anytime you want. It’s perfect in water, lemonade, and fresh juices.

3. Chocolate Dipped Mint Leaves

Craving something sweet after dinner? These Chocolate Dipped Mint Leaves are frozen in a flash and ultra-refreshing. So clever!

Have more fresh mint on your hands that you don't know what to do with? Here are 7 tasty culinary ways to use fresh mint!
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4. Watermelon Salad

Ever tried savory watermelon? It’s the bee’s knees! Try combining cubed watermelon, feta cheese, basil, and mint for the most summery salad ever. Or throw in a few more ingredients to make this ultimate watermelon salad.

This savory Grilled Watermelon Salad is packed with feta cheese, mint, basil, and onion, and is bound to be the summer salad of your dreams.
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5. Mint Pesto

Pesto is a pretty flexible recipe. You wan use spinach, watercress, and even mint! Whip up a batch of Mint Pesto and use it in just about every dish.

6. Hugo Cocktails

One of my favorite summer cocktails is called a Hugo, a tasty combination of Prosecco, lime, mint, and elderflower syrup!

7. Chickpea, Barley, And Zucchini Ribbon Salad

The tulip-man likes to poke fun at my adoration for chickpeas, but I mean come on…what aren’t chickpeas perfect with? This salad has lots of textures and bright flavors, and with chickpeas, feta cheese, and mint (the terrific trifecta), it’s a go-to for summer weekdays.

 Recipes That Use Fresh Mint

It’s true that a sprig of fresh mint makes a lovely garnish for almost anything you serve, but I’m here to remind you that’s it’s capable of so much more. Mint is a terrific herb to keep around the kitchen — or to grow on your own! (Just keep it away from other herbs you’re growing, because it’ll overtake them.)

As a kitchen herb, it pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes. It’s bright and fresh (like fellow common herbs, parsley and basil), it provides instant zip to whatever it’s added to, and there’s definitely no shortage of what to make with it. Throw it into your morning smoothie or happy hour cocktail, make a mint pesto to top chicken, blend it into a cool dip, or toss it into salads. If you have a bunch of mint to work with, look to these 21 mint recipes for a little inspiration.

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Orzo Tabbouleh

While this Middle Eastern salad is typically made with bulgur, orzo makes for a fun alternative. Better yet, you probably already have a box of the pasta in your pantry right now.

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Vietnamese-Style Chicken & Noodle Salad

If you can’t find fresh lemongrass to make the marinade and dressing for this vibrant cold noodle salad, feel free to swap in lemongrass paste.

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Marinated Feta-Beet Salad

You can use a mix of whatever fresh herbs you have for this cheesy beet salad, but mint and dill pair especially well with all the flavors here.

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Spaghetti with Crispy Pancetta, Peas, and Burrata

This fast and fancy pasta dinner is the absolute best excuse to pop open your favorite bottle of white wine or rosé on any ol’ weekend.

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15 Healthy Ways To Use Fresh Mint

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MINT SEASON IS HERE, SO I’VE BEEN ON THE HUNT FOR FUN AND HEALTHY WAYS TO USE FRESH MINT.

Two great things about owning a mint plant: it smells heavenly and it’s easy to grow. (Pro tip: always place mint in its own container, or it will choke out your garden.)

However, if you’re like me, you seem to always have more mint than you know what to do with. Many people feel unsure where to use fresh mint outside of a dessert recipe. Trust me, mint can do so much more than spice up a smoothie!

Here’s a secret: Mint itself is not any sweeter than basil or other more common fresh herbs. You just have to get creative (and maybe a little brave) to try adding it to savory dishes.

What is fresh mint good for? Fresh mint has many uses ranging from digestion issues to boosting your immunity and skin health. It’s great for adding to juices, smoothies, and so many more delicious recipes.

I can’t wait to share 15 creative ways to use fresh mint throughout the week. (Note: This post originally started as 10 ways to use fresh mint, and I keep adding to it as I find new great ways to use mint!)

Health Benefits Of Fresh Mint

Fresh mint is not just delicious; it also has some amazing health benefits.

Here are some of the most impressive health benefits of fresh mint:

  • Aids in digestion and digestive health (try some to soothe your upset stomach)
  • Relieves symptoms of IBS, indigestion, and heartburn
  • Possibly relieves tension headaches
  • Provides a great source of vitamins & minerals
  • Boosts your skin health
  • Eases nasal breathing
  • Balances the oral microbiome
  • Serves as a low-calorie, low-glycemic alternative to flavored beverages when mixed with still or sparkling water (mint contains only about 5 calories per 2 tablespoons)

Types Of Fresh Mint To Use

Are mint leaves edible? Yes, mint leaves are edible, whether raw or cooked.

When you think of mint, you probably think of peppermint. However, there are a variety of delicious mint variations that you can try.

These can include:

  • Spearmint
  • Wild mint
  • Chocolate mint
  • Apple mint

Is Fresh Mint Easy To Grow?

I absolutely love growing my own fresh mint because it’s one of the easiest herbs to grow at home.

Growing your own herbs is one of the most cost-effective ways to eat well and add a gourmet touch to your food. A sprouted herb plant is only about $3 (even the organic ones!) and will yield food for months, maybe even years.

Plus, you have complete control over how it is grown.

I plant mint, basil, chives, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, green onions, and a few others every year, usually for less than 20 bucks, and I use them almost daily. It’s truly a no-brainer.

How do you preserve fresh mint? You can preserve fresh mint in the refrigerator or dehydrate it for later use.

If you aren’t a plant person or get caught in a bind, you can also pick some fresh mint up at your local grocery store.

Where is fresh mint in the grocery store? Fresh mint is found in the refrigerated herb area, typically near the fresh produce.

If your mint is growing faster than you know what to do with, I’ve got you covered.

15 Of The Best Ways To Use Fresh Mint

There are many ways to use fresh mint, from smoothies to pesto to fresh mint face masks. It’s an incredibly versatile, tasty herb.

1. ADD FRESH MINT TO GREEK YOGURT WITH BERRIES

I absolutely love pairing these ingredients together. Mix plain unsweetened Greek yogurt with strawberries (or mixed berries) and sprinkle with chopped fresh mint. De-lish.

In fact, mint is an ideal garnish for your average snack and tastes so yummy.

2. MAKE TEA FROM FRESH MINT LEAVES

One idea for using fresh mint is to make tea from the mint leaves.

Fresh mint tea is loaded with benefits, like:

  • Vitamin A
  • Only 2 mg of sodium
  • 0 cholesterol or fat
  • 1% of your daily recommended dose of iron and potassium
  • Plenty of antioxidants

Here’s how to make DIY mint tea:

  1. Use 5-10 big leaves or more, depending on how strong you want it.
  2. Tear the leaves and place them in a mug.
  3. In the mug, muddle the leaves for a few seconds with the back of a wooden spoon.
  4. Pour hot water (not boiling) over the leaves.
  5. Let steep for 5-10 minutes.

You can remove the leaves or leave them in (like my pun?) — I leave them in and eat them as I sip.

For other fun mint tea recipes, make sure to check out my article on Peppermint Tea Health Benefits.

3. CHANGE UP YOUR PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

Just imagine this — chocolate and mint, without the high sugar and fat content of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Win-win!

Add 3-4 fresh mint leaves to your chocolate protein smoothie for a delicious variety. I love ice, water, chocolate protein powder, flax seeds, and mint whipped up in the blender. It’s packed with flavor and health benefits.

Mint is also fantastic in berry smoothies. Honestly, I’ve never met a smoothie that mint didn’t enhance.

4. MIX UP YOUR SALAD GAME

Strawberry, Mint, Basil, and Balsamic Salad

Here is a yummy way to boost any green salad — strawberry, mint, basil, and balsamic. Your friends will be impressed, and it’s honestly so easy.

The measurements are relatively fluid. I’d say you’ll need:

  • About 2 cups halved or quartered strawberries
  • 10-20 leaves each of chopped mint and basil
  • 3-4 tablespoons of a high-quality aged balsamic
  • Optional: A dash of lemon juice, if you like a little more “zip”

Simply mix it all together in a bowl, and there you have it.

This combo is delicious alone as a side dish, or on top of mixed greens as a salad. You can also use it as a bruschetta topping with a whole grain baguette and goat cheese.

Watermelon, Basil, and Mint Salad with Feta

With just 4 ingredients, this salad will seriously wow you. Add a sprinkle of sea salt to round out the flavors. Simply mix together:

  • 2 cups of chopped watermelon
  • 10-20 leaves each of chopped mint and basil
  • 1 cup of feta cheese

You can also try mint in any one of these great salads:

5. MINT SAUCE AND MINT JELLY

Fresh mint is the perfect way to boost your mint sauce and mint jelly.

If it’s your first time trying out mint-based condiments, there’s a slight difference between the two. Mint sauce is more vinegar-based, whereas mint jelly is sweeter.

Mint-based sauce and jellies can be found in many traditional Middle Eastern, South Indian, or lamb-based dishes.

6. MAKE A MINT LIME FIZZLER

A mint lime fizzler is the perfect summer drink. To make your own:

  1. Muddle 5-8 mint leaves in the bottom of a glass.
  2. Add ice, a healthy squeeze of lime, and club soda.
  3. Optionally, use a few drops of stevia to sweeten.

Adult version: Turn this into a low-sugar mojito by adding an ounce of white rum if you fancy a little afternoon cocktail. Is it 5 o’clock yet?

7. COOL OFF THIS SUMMER WITH WATERMELON MINT POPSICLES

Is there any better treat for a hot summer day than a popsicle? Imagine the delicious flavors of watermelon, lime, mint, and a dash of honey. Talk about tasty.

Try my recipe for the yummiest homemade Watermelon Mint Popsicles for a quick summer treat.

Watermelon Mint Pops Elizabeth Rider
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8. ADD FRESH MINT TO BASIL PESTO (OR ANY PESTO, REALLY)

A handful of fresh mint makes any pesto pop. Give it a try here with my favorite vegan pesto recipe. Plus, it’s gluten-free — a double win for both health and tastebuds.

Vegan Pesto Pasta Recipe
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9. SPRUCE UP YOUR WATER

Add fresh mint to plain or sparkling water to imbue it with taste without adding sugar or many calories. Plus, it looks vibrant.

If you’d like to take it a step further, mint ice cubes are a pretty and flavorful option for your water. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Place 2-3 small whole mint leaves (or a few torn large ones) into an ice cube tray (look for a BFA-free or silicone one).
  2. Add purified water.
  3. Freeze.

Note: If you boil the water, your ice cubes will be crystal clear, which is the look I prefer. Just be sure to let it cool to room temp before adding it to your ice cube trays.

fresh water with mint in glass with ice
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10. GIVE YOUR LEMONADE A TWIST

Those mint ice cubes can be used in more than just water.

Next time you pour a glass of lemonade, add a few mint ice cubes or a sprig of mint to your drink for a refreshing twist. Lemon and mint are a perfect match.

11. TRY MAKING A WATERMELON FRUIT PIZZA WITH MINT

I know, I know this sounds odd. Fruit and pizza aren’t usually paired together.

It’s not quite what you think. This watermelon pizza is made only from fresh fruit. It has a watermelon base topped with the most delicious fruits, vanilla coconut cream sauce, and mint.

12. MINT UP YOUR FRESH JUICES

I love adding a sprig or two of mint while I’m juicing. It can help cut down on acidic tastes from leafy veggies and add a twist to sweeter juices.

I use fresh mint in my Watermelon Juice recipe, but it’s applicable in almost any of my other juice recipes like:

13. FRESH MINT FACE MASK

Now, this one may sound a little weird, but hold your judgment. Have you ever heard of Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty?

The crowning jewel of this mask is its refreshing minty smell and feel on the skin from using peppermint essential oil and mint.

Try crushing a few peppermint leaves and adding them to your favorite clay mask mixture for an at-home dupe.

Your skin will look and feel refreshed.

14. DRY MINT LEAVES FOR AN AT-HOME SPA EXPERIENCE

Take a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves and hang them upside down for a few days to fully dry. Once the mint leaves are dry, you can add these to Epsom salts to make a nice mix for your next bath.

Try experimenting with some essential oils like lavender and sweet orange to add to the minty Epsom salt soak.

15. MAKE MINT SIMPLE SYRUP

Mint simple syrup is a fantastic way to add a minty, refreshing flavor to flavored iced teas and cocktails.

All you have to do is combined 1/2 cup sugar with 3/4 cup mint leaves in a pot or heatproof bowl, then add 1/2 cup boiling water and give it a stir to dissolve the sugar.

Once the sugar has dissolved, allow the mixture to steep for 15-20 minutes before straining it into a jar.

Homemade mint simple syrup will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

What Are Your Favorite Ways To Use Fresh Mint?

These ideas will get you started, but there are truly almost endless ways to incorporate mint into your home, diet, and self-care.

Do you have any other great ways to use up fresh mint? Add it in the comments below to share with other readers in our community.

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