6 Delicious Ways to Cook With Parsley

This herb is way more than just garnish.

If you’ve ever bought a bunch of parsley, torn off a few sprigs “to add some color,” and let the rest rot in the refrigerator—and who hasn’t?—it’s time to rethink this green. Parsley is generally available and affordable year-round. (Take that, basil.) And it can be a main ingredient in everything from salads to smoothies. Buy the flat-leaf variety, not the curly kind—it’s more versatile. Use it whole, or put it through the wringer; parsley keeps its bright color and flavor even when pureed. Most herbs, like thyme and rosemary, can quickly overpower a dish, demanding restraint. Not parsley. Its clean flavor shines with liberal use. And like most greens, it’s high in vitamins A, C, and K and folate. Make it the base of your next pesto, or shower it over meats and seafood, where it brightens up a dish like a squeeze of lemon. Just don’t let it go to waste. Here, six fresh ways to use it.

Steamed Clams With Parsley Chimichurri Sauce Greek White Beans With Parsley and Lemon

Steamed Clams With
Parsley

Chimichurri Sauce

Greek White Beans With
Parsley and Lemon

Beet and Parsley Salad With Walnuts and Blue Cheese Parsley, Pineapple, and Banana Smoothie Broiled Lamb Chops With Parsley Gremolata

Beet and Parsley Salad With
Walnuts and Blue Cheese

Parsley, Pineapple, and
Banana Smoothie

Broiled Lamb Chops With
Parsley Gremolata