8 mint recipes for refreshing and tasty meals

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When I think of mint, I think of summers spent running around my grandparents’ garden, the grass tickling my bare feet as I chased my little cousins ​​(or rather, they chased me). On the patio table there was always a pitcher of freshly made lemonade, not too sweet and always infused with fresh mint. Something about the addition of the weed turned what was an otherwise ordinary drink into something special.

For me, mint is the quintessential summer herb. It refreshes, it refreshes, it invigorates. If mint is taking over your garden, as it tends to do, try it in these sweet and savory recipes from our recipe finder.

Crispy chickpeas with fried shallots and cilantro-mint chutney, above. Brighten up the dinner table with this delicious dish of chickpeas in a bright minty sauce. This satisfying vegetarian main dish can also be made plant-based using vegan yogurt.

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Fresh pasta with artichokes, asparagus and lemon-mint ricotta. Fresh flavors are abundant in this pasta dish. Store-bought fresh pasta works like a charm here, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always make your own.

Mint Julep. You don’t have to wait for the Kentucky Derby to enjoy this classic Southern cocktail. Mixed mint leaves and simple syrup add herbal sweetness to the bourbon drink. Serving in a silver julep cup is fun, but optional.

Salmon leaf with mint peas, oranges and fennel. This one-pot meal is a lifesaver on busy weeknights without sacrificing taste. Using frozen peas means this zesty dish can be enjoyed all year round.

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Cashew Mint Vinaigrette. This dressing gets its creaminess from cashews rather than dairy or eggs. Pair it with raw vegetables for a lovely green and earthy appetizer.

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Melon salad with peppers and mint. This is a fruit salad with a zing. You can increase the heat by including the seeds and ribs of the peppers.

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Gazpacho of peas, ricotta and mint. A creamy, green take on a classic. Mint makes this chilled soup even cooler.

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Lemon Mint Soda. This homemade soda is an effervescent version of my favorite mint lemonade.

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