Parsley is a great burst of freshness, rich in iron, folate and vitamins A, C, and K, and often used in small quantities as a garnish or to add some pretty green flecks to your dish. But your abundance of parsley this time of year is demanding a little more attention these days!
The classic parsley-lovers salad is tabbouleh using parsley, mint, tomato and cucumber in bulgur wheat. But just chopping up a pile of parsley and adding some lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper, and shaved parmesan (let sit for 15-30 min for flavors to blend) is also delicious. Parsley pesto can be easily made and frozen or you can just freeze parsley for you to have all winter long to season soups, rices, pastas, meats, or vegetables. Click here for instructions on freezing pesto and click here for Margaret Roach’s clear and unique instructions on rolling and freezing fresh parsley.
Finally, a simple sauce made with olive oil and herbs, flavored with your choice of vinegar, garlic, capers, red pepper flakes, scallions, etc. goes a long way when the herbs are garden fresh. Parsley has a delightfully fresh taste and eating a few sprigs of parsley keeps your breath fresh for hours. Of course, our recipe includes so much garlic that we have reversed this effect!
Chimichurri Parsley-Garlic Sauce
Use this sauce as a marinade on meats, seafood, grilled vegetables and set some aside to serve as a sauce. Also great as a dip for good bread.
1 cup of firmly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley (stems removed)
2 T. fresh oregano
3-4 cloves garlic
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
2 T red or white wine vinegar
1 t. salt
¼ t. fresh ground black pepper
¼ t. dried red pepper flakes
In a food processor, mince garlic and oregano. Add parsley and pulse to chop. Add vinegar and olive oil to combine, but don’t overdo it – this sauce is better when not totally emulsified and the parsley is still a bit rough. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
This sauce is also delicious adding up to a cup of fresh mint or try using balsamic vinegar instead for a little sweetness.
Click here to read more about the health benefits of parsley, if you aren’t already convinced!