You might love sprinkling Cilantro to garnish an omelet, or Spring Onions to a Noodle bowl, but there are plenty of other herbs out there to add to your recipe library. Most folks realise that leafy greens provide a ton of nutritional benefits to the diet, but they often overlook herbs!
Teeming with nutrients like Vitamin A, C, K, folate, and fiber, herbs actually provide a ton of nutrition in a small package — and they certainly pack a flavor punch.
It’s easy to gravitate towards the same two or three herb flavors, Here are a few great herb substitutions for cooking to try if want some inspiration…
- Italian basil has sweet notes, so that’s why you might use it in some sweeter dishes, like a salad with fresh blueberries or citrus, a watermelon dish with feta, or even in Italian ice or ice cream.
- Thai basil is more savory, with notes of licorice and a little bit of spice, often used in Thai and other Asian cuisines. Try using it in a noodle or ramen dish. Or you can use it in a spicy chicken salad or stir-fry with veggies.
- Parsley, Originating from the Mediterranean, is a staple in many dishes. Parsley works well in pesto recipes, sauces, and dressings, and even as a garnish for pizzas and flatbreads. It complements cheese, tomatoes, and other delicious ingredients, like olives or truffle oil. Curly parsley will have a bit of a softer flavor, so it won’t overwhelm your dips and dishes.