This aromatic herb, which proliferates in warm months, can do far more than freshen up a table. Mint can do wonders for digestion, soothe the skin, and sweeten the breath. Try it in these sweet and savory recipes.
Lime juice and olive oil dress the salad greens in this dish, echoing the chicken's minty marinade and tying the flavors together with minimal calories.
Peppermint ranks high among America's favorite types of mint tea, but you can substitute equal amounts of any variety for this recipe. Try interesting flavors such as chocolate-mint, orange-mint, pineapple-mint, or spearmint -- or combine several types for a more complex, rich brew.
An Asian salad of seared steak, red bell peppers, carrots, papaya, cabbage, fresh mint, cilantro, and sesame oil delivers antioxidants in every bite. In this nutritious salad, papaya, red bell pepper, and cabbage provide vitamins A and C, while carrots contribute large amounts of beta-carotene. Cilantro and mint supply flavonoids, and peanuts add vitamin E and selenium, all potent antioxidants.
Consider this recipe a two-for-one: You can make as directed for a hot or iced tea, or you can make a frozen granita by increasing the agave nectar to 1/4 cup, then straining the finished tea, adding 1/4 cup chopped mint, and freezing in a shallow dish. Once it begins to freeze (about 2 hours), scrape it with a fork every 15 minutes until it's completely frozen and crystallized flakes have formed, about 2 more hours.