3 Summer Recipes That Utilize Homegrown Herbs

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Warm weather invites sunshine to stream through windows, welcoming plants and herbs to thrive in your apartment. If you have a green thumb and are the proud owner of an indoor herb garden, you know now is the time to make the most of those tasty greens.

You’ve mastered the art of indoor gardening–now it’s time to reap the rewards. Here are some herbaceous recipes that make the most of your homegrown ingredients.


fresh basil grown indoors

In our humble opinion, no other herb screams summer quite like fresh basil. Its scent alone will leave you inspired to chop and mince with Sicilian flair. If you’re looking for something simple, opt for tomato basil mozzarella toast, a satisfying rendition of a Caprese salad. All you need are fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, a baguette of crusty bread, and a couple snips of basil. Cue a glass of rosé and balcony seating and you’re officially doing summer right.

Did you know herbs could satisfy your sweet tooth? This lime basil pie is both tangy and herbaceous, making it a unique addition to any warm weather get-together.


two mojitos

With its cleansing flavor and lingering sweetness, mint will refresh your palate in the tastiest way possible. We recommend going the libation route, and shaking up some classic mojitos for you and friends. Fresh lime juice, simple syrup, soda water, and white rum make up this Cuban refresher as well as a generous amount of crushed, muddled mint.

Mint is also a fantastic addition to summer salads. This watermelon cucumber salad is brightened with chopped mint, green onions, and balsamic vinegar.


a bowl of basil

Known for enlivening Mediterranean plates, oregano deserves a spot in your summer culinary to-do list. These tasty sprigs are great atop proteins including chicken, salmon, and shrimp. Impress guests with this pistachio oregano pesto that will complement meat, toast, and salads.

For lovers of craft cocktails, this unique Negroni recipe from chef Zakary Pelaccio features a fresh sprig of oregano, adding an aromatic element to the classic drink.

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