by Liz Thomson
September 28, 2021This post may contain affiliate links.
If your garden is overflowing with mint, don’t let it go to waste! Try one of these delicious recipes and make the most of this delicious herb.
We planted mint in our garden this year and it completely took over one of the beds! I had no idea how fast mint could grow. I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I found plenty of new ways to use it in our food and drinks. But before we dive into the recipes, let’s talk about the types of mint you might have.
Types of Mint
The two most common types of fresh mint are spearmint and peppermint. Even if you’re not a gardener, you’re probably familiar with the difference in taste. They can typically be used interchangeably in these recipes, but it’s helpful to know which flavor you prefer! Spearmint tends to have a more mild flavor, whereas peppermint has a stronger menthol flavor. But you can adjust the amount of mint in these recipes to fit your taste preferences and the type of mint you’re using.
Recipes with Fresh Mint
If your garden is overflowing with mint, don't let it go to waste! Try one of these delicious recipes and make the most of this fresh, fragrant herb.
This easy quinoa pilaf is made with sweet dried apricots, fresh mint, and salty pistachios for a side dish that is full of flavor. Serve this with pilaf your favorite protein or add it to a bed of mixed greens for a delicious and healthy salad.
Roasted eggplant with tomato sauce is a simple garden-to-table appetizer. Sliced eggplant is roasted and topped with an easy garlicky tomato sauce, fresh basil and mint, and freshly grated salty Ricotta Salata.
You will love this Potato Salad with Peas and Mint. The mellow potato flavor is boosted by fresh mint which adds freshness and brightness. Lemon zest accentuates and lifts the flavors and the dressing is made lighter and tangy by the addition of yoghurt.
This colorful salad is made with sliced persimmons on a bed of arugula salad. Drizzled with a vanilla mint yogurt and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and candied walnuts. The vanilla mint yogurt adds bright flavor to balance the rich goat cheese and candied walnuts.
An entire cup of mint leaves are steeped into the base mixture for this summery Mint Oreo Ice Cream. It's cool and creamy, and the Oreo chunks add a "cookies and cream" vibe that's even better than chocolate chips!