17 Sweet and Savory Mint Recipes

The herb's cooling, sweet flavor pairs wonderfully with all sorts of dishes

In spring and summer, when mint abounds in markets and backyard gardens alike, cooking with the herb is a pleasure. Its cooling, sweet flavor pairs wonderfully with both sweet and savory dishes; try it in everything from fruit salads and cocktails to omelettes and dumplings.

Mixed Berries and Mint with Berry Shrub

Mixed Berries and Mint with Berry Shrub

​A sweet-sour syrup dresses this mixed berry salad.Laura Sant

Mint & Aleppo Pepper Marinated Chicken Kebabs (Tavuk Kebabi)

Mint & Aleppo Pepper Marinated Chicken Kebabs (Tavuk Kebabi)
A thick, flavorful marinade of mint, Aleppo pepper, and Turkish sweet red pepper paste caramelizes on the outside of these grilled chicken kebabs.Laura Sant
Moroccan Carrots with Aleppo Pepper and Mint

Moroccan Carrots with Aleppo Pepper and Mint

The dressing for this cumin-spiced salad is made from the carrots' cooking liquid, which concentrates into a sweet syrup when reduced. Get the recipe for Moroccan Carrots with Aleppo Pepper and Mint »Neal Santos
Fava Pesto

Fava-Mint Pesto

Chef Jessica Largey gave us the recipe for this verdant pesto, a combination of blanched fresh fava beans, Marcona almonds, anchovies, garlic, and mint.Matt Taylor-Gross
Mint Sauce

Mint Sauce

This simple sauce of fresh mint, sugar, and vinegar is a classic pairing with roast lamb in England.Maxime Iattoni
Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

Finely chopped fresh parsley and mint are bathed in fruity extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice in this classic Middle Eastern appetizer.James Oseland

Brown Butter, Peas, and Mint Omelette

Brown Butter, Peas, and Mint Omelette
Rich, nutty brown butter perfectly offsets the fresh flavor of sweet peas and mint.Yossy Arefi
Asparagus Mint Slaw

Asparagus Mint Slaw

Raw asparagus, carrots, and radishes get tossed with fresh mint and vinegar in this bright and crunchy slaw.Helen Rosner

Marinated Tomatoes with Mint

Marinated Tomatoes with Mint
For a slightly—just slightly—more elaborate dish that showcases the sweet juices of summer tomatoes, chef Chris Fischer dresses them with olive oil and vinegar, creating a vinaigrette seemingly out of nothing.Elizabeth Cecil
Strawberry Moonshine Julep

Strawberry Moonshine Julep

White whiskey takes the place of bourbon in this summery interpretation of a julep. Get the recipe for Strawberry Moonshine Julep »Maxime Iattoni
Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

Juicy sweet watermelons go savory in this summery no-cooking-required soup from Anna Watson Carl. Spicy bite comes from jalapeños and red onions, while tomatoes and tart lime juice provide acidity. Plenty of herbs and olive oil lend a fresh, grassy note, with cucumbers bolstering the melon backbone.Matt Taylor-Gross

Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint

Quinoa Salad with Snap Peas, Scallions, and Mint
This light quinoa salad, filled with scallions, mint, snap peas, and crisp haricots verts tossed in a Dijon vinaigrette, makes a perfect summer side dish for picnics and barbecues.Matt Taylor-Gross

Morels with Mint, Peas, and Shallot

Morels with Mint, Peas, and Shallot
Richard Kuo of New York City's Pearl & Ash uses preserved lemon, a Moroccan staple, to brighten this simple spring dish. Get the recipe for Morels with Mint, Peas, and Shallot »Joseph De Leo

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches
In these minty ice cream sandwiches, the chocolate mousse "ice cream" and cake are both sweetened with bittersweet chocolate, letting the chocolate's richness—brightened by fresh spearmint—be the main flavor. Get the recipe for Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches »Farideh Sadeghin

Blackberry-Mint Scones

Blackberry-Mint Scones
Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin of Brooklyn's Ovenly bakery shared the recipe for these blackberry scones with us, which rely on frozen fruit so you can make them even when blackberries aren't in season. Get the recipe for Blackberry-Mint Scones »

Pea Shoot and Mint Pesto

Pea Shoot and Mint Pesto
This nontraditional pesto is one of the best ways to use up an overload of pea shoots. Packed with mint and spread atop toast or beneath a burger, it will make anything you pair it with taste fresher and greener.Matt Taylor-Gross

Cheese and Mint Stuffed Dumplings (Khinkali Qvelit)

Cheese and Mint Stuffed Dumplings (Khinkali Qvelit)
These Georgian dumplings are traditionally made with a spiced meat filling; this cheese and herb version, once meant for religious fasting days, is now enjoyed year-round.Landon Nordeman