When I say parsley, you think garnish, right? Wrong. This slightly peppery and bright herb is so much more than a bit of green on the side of your plate. Parsley is a great source of vitamin C, calcium, iron and fiber. Raw parsley also acts as a breath freshener and has anti-inflammatory properties. There are many varieties of parsley, but the most common are flat-leaf, also known as Italian, and curly. You can find parsley all year long in the supermarkets, but it is particularly fantastic now, during the shift from the heavy comfort foods of winter to lighter spring fare. Parsley is a hero among garnishes, but should it be typecast as a topping? I vote nay. Check out these 25 tips and recipes that pay homage to parsley. In no particular order:
- Marinate steak with parsley, chives, tarragon, lemon zest and a bit of olive oil for an easy Grilled Flat Iron Steak. (pictured above)
- Finish your Frittata with some chopped parsley before you pop it into the oven.
- Parsley brightens up and brings a bit of a peppery taste to Mario Batali’s Lamb and Veal Meatloaf — a tasty alternative to the classic beef version.
- Lentil, Bean and Parsley Salad is delicious dish that will keep you full (thanks to the lentils), but won’t weigh you down.
- To store parsley, rinse with cool water and then wrap in a slightly damp paper towel in a resealable plastic bag and keep in the fridge.