What to Do with Extra Herbs

Growing in our gardens and in pots on our balconies or window sills, fresh herbs are the best way to perk up any dish, especially in the summer, when they are bountiful (and free!). Here are some ideas on what to do with any surplus once you’ve literally put them into everything. Find out how to use the extra herbs with these 10 great ideas.

Practical ideas

1. Herbes Salées

This is a great way to easily use up a variety of those leftover herbs like parsley, chives, thyme and rosemary. But what do you do with herbes salées? Add them to mashed potatoes, soups, dressings, on meat or vegetables…basically, any dish you want to lend a salty, fresh herb flavour to.

2. Classic Pesto

Making pesto is definitely one of the most practical uses for surplus herbs. Whether it’s basil, parsley,  cilantro or a mix of several different herbs, this option is versatile and allows you to be creative with anything you might need to use up!



3. Flavoured Butter for Corn on the Cob

This recipe idea goes hand in hand with corn season: With these three flavoured butter recipes—cheddar and bacon, ginger and lime, and sun-dried tomato and basil—we guarantee that there will be no waste!

4. Herb Granité for Oysters

Hello creativity! Francine P. told us in 2018 that this recipe was “a big success” with her friends. So much so that one of her friends even ate her first oyster thanks to this refreshing and herby granité topping! Need we say more?

5. Citrus- and Cilantro-Infused Vodka

Over ice or mixed into a cocktail, this infused vodka will give your  cilantro stems a new purpose. Nothing could be simpler for a festive summery drink recipe!

Recipe ideas

6. Herb Salad

Simple and delicious, this recipe will turn leftovers into a beautiful side dish for a weekday meal. It goes to show that it doesn’t take much to reduce food waste!

7. Cold Salmon with Tabbouleh and Peas

Since we’re talking about easy and satisfying meals, this tabbouleh is perfect to accompany weekday lunches as a new go-to recipe for your rotation.

8. Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops

Here is a beautiful way to use up extra herbs, while putting a wonderful piece of meat in the spotlight, to the delight of the whole family. The combination of lamb with parsley, dill, mint, sage and oregano is simply divine.

9. Focaccia with Fresh Herbs

This recipe is a real summer showstopper, using any leftover herbs for a stunning focaccia and topped with a gorgeous tomato salad—seasonal eating at its best!

10. Sweet and Sour Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Herbs

We couldn’t finish this selection of recipes without a barbecue option. This  vegetarian recipe is perfect for an evening of grilling and makes a great side for barbecued meat or fish, or even just eaten on its own.