21 Parsley Recipes that Prove this Herb is More than Just a Garnish


Try these parsley recipes for those who thought it was just used to make food look pretty.

While other herbs definitely get more attention – here’s looking at you basil and cilantro – parsley is most often pushed to the side, reserved for mere garnish status. But if you haven’t been given parsley the attention it deserves, it’s time to rethink your kitchen game. Here are 21 different parsley recipes, all proof that parsley doesn’t just have to sit on top of a dish to make it look nice.

1. Parsley Hummus

How about a new spin on hummus for an easy appetizer or sandwich spread?

2. Parsley Cake

What’s more creative than putting parsley in a cake?

3. Parsley Smoothie

Try about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of fresh parsley for whatever type of smoothie you are making.

4. Green Goddess Dressing

Perfect as a dressing or even a dipping sauce, this parsley recipe happens to be made without the usual mayonnaise.

5. Chimchurri

This classic Argentinean condiment can be put on everything from grilled meats and vegetables to a basket of fries.

6. Lemony Parsley and Mint Pesto

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have basil to make pesto.

7. Parsley Pesto Potatoes

Now that you’ve made the parsley pesto, why not add it to potatoes for this filling dish?

8. Tabbouleh

Parsley and mint are best friends in this dish that’s traditionally made with bulgur wheat, but can also be done with quinoa.

9. Eggplant and Parsley Dip

Grill a few eggplants then whip them into this dip that’s great to serve with pita bread.

10. Fried Curly Parsley

Next time you want to impress guests with a crispy green appetizer similar to kale chips, give this a try.

11. Chilled Parsley and Pea Soup

This parsley recipe is perfect for warmer days.

12. Guacamole with Basil, Cilantro and Parsley

Consider this the garden herb trifecta.

13. Garlic Parsley Butter

Make this and you’ll soon be spreading it on everything in sight.

14. Avocado Parsley Sauce

This vegan-friendly creamy sauce works well on salad.

15. Parsley Ice Cream

Of all the parsley recipes out there you probably weren’t expecting ice cream, now were you?

16. Flax and Parsley Crackers

Flaxseeds make for great vegan and gluten-free crackers, and with dried parsley they get an extra kick.

17. Couscous with Parsley Yogurt Sauce

A simple yogurt sauce will always bring a modest grain to life.

18. Lemon, Olive and Parsley Quinoa Cakes

With a little leftover quinoa you can cook up these easy cakes.

19. Cilantro Parsley Chutney

Serve this on its own as a condiment or mix it into yogurt for a tasty sauce.

20. Italian Gremolata

Garlic, lemon and parsley; consider this your kitchen’s new magic ingredient.

21. Parsley Muffins

You can’t go wrong with a savory muffin made with cheese.

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Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. She is the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.