Discover the Magic of Fresh Mint with These 20 Recipes: Salads, Cocktails, Mains, Desserts & More!

If you have never cooked or baked with fresh mint, we have recipes to convert you into a true mint aficionado. Here are 20 fantastic recipes that will make this fragrant herb the highlight of your dishes. From refreshing salads and cocktails (and mocktails) to delicious main courses and desserts, there’s something to satisfy every palate. We even show you how to freeze fresh mint for use at a later time – and how to make your own mint extract!

For those who love the classic pairing of mint and chocolate, you won’t want to miss our Fresh Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies, and Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! These recipes are so tasty and full of flavor that even those who aren’t typically mint fans will become instant fans.

How To Freeze Fresh Mint 4 Ways

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Learn all the tips and tricks for how to freeze mint to build a freezer stash of this incredible herb. Freezing mint is a great way to preserve without needing to know any special kitchen skills. Get the recipe.

DIY Mint Extract

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Learn how easy and affordable it is to make your own Homemade Peppermint Extract! This homemade mint extract recipe makes wonderful gifts. If you have a pressure cooker, I’ll even teach you to make it in the Instant Pot. Get the recipe.

Fresh Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Mint and chocolate are a classic combo, but fresh mint? YES! Fresh mint leaves are infused into the batter creating the freshest and minty-est chocolate chunk cookie ever. Get the recipe for Fresh Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Lentil tabbouleh

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Lentil tabbouleh is light and refreshing yet a more satisfying and filling variation than the traditional recipe. This gluten-free twist to the classic Middle Eastern side dish features fresh tomatoes, herbs, lemon and spices. Perfect for quick lunches or a side dish to a simple dinner. Get the recipe.

Mint Chutney

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Mint Chutney can enliven a simple weekday chicken, fish or grilled steak, and it is an easy-to-make homemade condiment. And, BTW, you can easily substitute cilantro for the mint to make Cilantro Chutney, so consider this a 2-in-1 recipe. Get the recipe for Mint Chutney.

Mint Stracciatella Semifreddo

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A semifreddo is a frozen dessert that does not require an ice cream maker. This one features fresh mint in a creamy base. Melted chocolate is drizzled onto the cold mixture and creates a crisp chocolate ribbon throughout. Get the recipe for Mint Stracciatella Semifreddo. 

Watermelon Mint Lemonade

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Watermelon Mint Lemonade is the perfect drink to serve up at a summertime dinner party. Refreshing, light, and downright healthy. Get the recipe.

White Wine Sangria With Basil & Mint

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This white wine sangria features both basil and mint and makes a great party drink. Make a batch and set out in a clear glass pitcher. Get the recipe for White Wine Sangria With Basil & Mint. 

Moroccan Lamb Shanks With Pomegranate & Mint

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This dish looks fancy, is perfect for guests, but is easy to make. It features meaty lamb shanks, fresh mint, coriander, cumin, fennel seeds and chile. It is flavor packed! The shower of pomegranate seeds adds color, flavor and crunch. We love this served with rice. Get the recipe for Moroccan Lamb Shanks With Pomegranate & Mint. 

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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Learn to make your own Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. A fresh mint taste and all-natural ingredients mean this will be the best mint ice cream you’ll ever make. Get the recipe.

Indian Cucumber Salad with Yogurt

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We make this easy Indian Cucumber Salad with Yogurt at least once per week to serve alongside Indian curries (and biryani, for a special treat!). You’ll love this refreshing 5-minute recipe. Get the recipe.

Greek Meatballs with Mint and Dried Apricots

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These Greek meatballs are made with lamb and filled with mint and dried apricots. Get the recipe.

Sugar-Free Mojito Mocktail

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Make a refreshing Mojito Mocktail in just 3 minutes with 3 ingredients. Fresh, sparkling and full of mint & lime flavors it’s a delicious grown-up drink that’s made completely without sugar and alcohol – so you can sip it all day, every day. Get the recipe.

Asian Steak & Noodle Salad With Cucumbers & Mint

Low FODMAP Asian Steak & Noodle Salad with Mint & Peanuts
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Broad, slurpy rice noodles tossed with tender steak, peanuts, cucumbers, shredded cabbage, daikon, mint, and peanuts and drizzled with a dressing made with lime juice, fish sauce, chiles and garlicky oil. Get the recipe for Asian Steak & Noodle Salad With Cucumbers & Mint.

Cucumber Mint Lime Aqua Fresca

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Agua fresca means cool water in Spanish and is a light, refreshing, non-alcoholic drink. It can be This one is great for a party because it’s a great color and the cucumber, mint, and lime combo is super refreshing. For this version you will want fresh lime juice and fresh mint leaves. Haul out your blender! Get the recipe for Cucumber Mint Lime Aqua Fresca.

Minty Green Avocado Smoothie

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A delicious avocado smoothie with spinach, kiwi, and mint. Sweet and creamy, everyone loves it. Get the recipe.

Mint Salsa Verde

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This bright green sauce comes together easily in the blender by combining parsley, fresh mint, scallions, anchovies, Garlic-Infused Olive Oil and capers. Make a batch and keep it in the fridge for last minute meals. It really perks up simply grilled meat, poultry or fish. Or try it with our Butterflied Leg of Lamb cooked on the grill. Get the recipe for Mint Salsa Verde.

Mint Hot Chocolate

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We love a mug of rich hot chocolate, but if you’re looking for something a little different, the addition of mint is quite welcomed. Get the recipe for Mint Hot Chocolate.

Blood Orange Ginger Mint Spritzer

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This non-alcoholic beverage is based on a high-quality ginger beer or ginger ale. If you cannot source blood oranges, you can use simple navel oranges, but don’t forget the fresh mint. The flavors all together create a refreshing drink. Get the recipe for Blood Orange Ginger Mint Spritzer.

Summer Rolls

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When we assemble summer rolls, we often switch up the fillings, making some with tofu, maybe some with shrimp, but they always include rice vermicelli and fresh herbs such as mint. We have step-by-step photos to show you how to make them; the technique is easier than you might think! Get the recipe for Summer Rolls. 

40 Versatile Variations Of Pesto: Fast, Fresh & Fantastic!

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Pesto is a flavorful green sauce made from fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. It has a strong, aromatic taste and bright green color. Pesto can be used as a sauce, a spread, or an ingredient to add flavor to other dishes.The classic way to use pesto is tossed with pasta. However, there are many other ways to enjoy pesto that we’ll explore here. You can use it in Instant Pot and slow cooker meals, vegan recipes, hand pies, chicken wings, salads, main courses, soups, appetizers, and more. Pesto doesn’t have to be made with just basil and pine nuts. We’ve got recipes using sun-dried tomatoes, wild garlic, capers, kale, parsley, arugula, cilantro, walnuts, almonds and more. Check out these 40 pesto recipes!

Unlocking The Power Of Fermented Foods For Gut Health

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More people are increasingly mindful of their health, with a growing interest in understanding the role of the gut microbiome in promoting overall well-being. The consumption of fermented foods has garnered considerable attention as a way to support a healthy gut ecosystem. The idea of “fermented” foods might seem odd at first, but most of us are familiar with traditional pickles, and yogurt, to name possibly the two most common fermented items in the supermarket, and perhaps your own refrigerator. There is a diverse array of fermented foods that have the potential to transform and enhance your gut health – and to bring flavor to your meals. We have what you need to know!

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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