Ginger Pineapple Frozen Pop. Nothing says summer like a fresh-fruit ice pop. Freeze pineapple with ginger and lemon verbena for a cold sweet treat that’s light and refreshing. Credit: Copyright 2016 Rinku Bhattacharya
Cilantro salad. We begin with a simple salad with the haunting, citrusy flavor of cilantro — used more as a green than a garnish. Toss with tomatoes and red onions. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with freshly ground black pepper, Himalayan Pink salt and red pepper flakes. Credit: Copyright 2016 Rinku Bhattacharya
Mint and Cilantro Chutney. Some refer to mint as a quintessential summer herb for its boundless growth. Others complain that it takes over the garden. I say, savor the profusion. One easy way: make a classic mint chutney, with ginger, cilantro, lime juice and some salt and sugar. Credit: Copyright 2016 Rinku Bhattacharya
Basil Mango Lassi. Yogurt-based fruit shakes called lassis are what Indians use to deal with the summer heat. Make yourself a mango lassi with basil, yogurt and fresh mangoes, or add mint when you are tired of basil. Credit: Copyright 2016 Rinku Bhattacharya
Oregano and Citrus Zucchini. Summer zucchini pairs beautifully with chicken for succulent and well-seasoned kebabs, using a marinade of olive oil, garlic, oregano and citrus. Credit: Copyright 2016 Rinku Bhattacharya
Basil and Goat Cheese Butter Corn. To dress up your sweet corn, slather it with a basil and goat cheese butter and finish it with lime juice and a sprinkling of red pepper flakes. Credit: Copyright 2016 Rinku Bhattacharya
Thyme, Cilantro and Cumin Shrimp Fritters. On a cool and rainy summer evening, whip up a batch of crisp and spicy fritters with shrimp, serrano chilies, thyme, cilantro and cumin. Credit: Copyright 2016 Rinku Bhattacharya
jpgLavender Peach Soup. An herb with a sweet and haunting fragrance, lavender works well with both sweet and savory flavors. I bring you a compromise of flavors: a refreshing summer soup with peaches, yogurt and freshly snipped lavender. Credit: Copyright 2016 Rinku Bhattacharya
Fenugreek Fried Chicken. In my house, the fried chicken is deep in flavor, thanks to my secret ingredient: dried fenugreek leaves in both the brining liquid and the batter coating.. Credit: Copyright 2016 Rinku Bhattacharya
Purslane and Carrot Salad. Purslane and carrot come together with tahini, olive oil and garlic chives to create a salad that is a healthier and colorful alternative to potato salad. Credit: Copyright 2016 Rinku Bhattacharya
By Rinku Bhattacharya – (Zester Daily)
An often underrated gift of summer is the bountiful presence of fresh herbs. At this time of year, like no other, herbs infuse distinct and potent flavors into your meals.
Take a summer vacation from a traditional garnish when you’re using those herbs. Think fenugreek fried chicken. Or an icy pineapple freezer pop infused with ginger and lemon verbena. Or grilled corn slathered with basil-and-goat-cheese butter.
10 Fresh Ideas for Summer Herbs
Click through the photos for this slideshow to find 10 unique ideas for using summer herbs from the garden — and from your market.
Copyright 2016 Rinku Bhattacharya via Zester Daily and Reuters Media Express