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25 Ways to Put Your Bounty of Fresh Herbs to Good Use

April 29, 2022

Don’t let your leftovers go to waste! They’re perfect for salads, sauces, breads and more.

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Whether you’ve got a countertop herb garden, are figuring out how to grow your own at home or simply picked up too many at the farmers market, it can be difficult to know what to do with an abundance of fresh herbs. Sure, you can make pesto and toss a few into your salad in hopes of using them up. And maybe you’ll even dry some in the microwave for a future use. But what do you do beyond that? If you’re stumped, you're in the right place. We’ve got plenty of ideas — starting with this savory green jam. It’s a perfect way to use up past-their-prime greens and excess herbs before they go bad. We like to treat this jam like a condiment, spreading it on toast, using it as a pizza sauce and serving it alongside fish.

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Lemon-Basil Potatoes

Forget basic potato salad! Giada gives tender baby potatoes a refreshing spin by topping them with lots of bright lemon and basil. This is the perfect side dish for summer dinners and weekend cookouts.

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Chimichurri Chicken Marinade

Fresh and flavorful even after a month in the freezer, this garlicky marinade works great with boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs — and it will quickly use up any extra parsley you have on hand!

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Strawberry-Basil Mojitos

Ree gives her mojitos a summery twist by replacing the mint with fresh basil — and adding lots of ripe, juicy strawberries.

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