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Creative New Ways to Cook with Fresh Herbs

Seven-Herb Salad

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Enliven a simple starter like a salad with all sorts of fresh herbs that not only taste delicious, but have a bunch of health benefits too. Add grilled shrimp for a bit of protein and turn this into a meal, suggests Chef Paul C. Reilly, executive chef and co-owner of Beast + Bottle and Coperta in Denver.

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Arugula Pesto

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Basil pesto is a classic, but arugula pesto adds an unexpected peppery flavor to pizza, pasta, and all these other healthy, creative uses for the spread.

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Avocado & Arugula Pesto Pizza

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You could eat arugula in a healthy salad on the side—or you could throw it right on top of your slice. Grab some of the benefits of this super herb (like its crazy-high calcium content or natural nitrate levels) while crushing your pizza craving at the same time with this arugula avocado pizza from chef Jeff Mahin of Stella Barra in Chicago.

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Spring Vichyssoise

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Spring-ify your soup by swapping heavy cream for Greek yogurt and adding a heavy dose of herbs. This soup recipe from chef Victoria Blamey of Chumley's in New York City incorporates flavors of cilantro, basil, and mint, so it works well both hot and cold.

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Sweet & Fragrant Thyme Muffins

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Herbs are typically regulars in savory dishes, but if you're feeling adventurous, you can make your breakfast bolder by whipping up these thyme muffins. Orange zest, vanilla Geek yogurt, dark chocolate, and fresh thyme create a whirlwind of flavors that make this muffin—courtesy of chef Aimee Olexy of Talula's Garden in Philadelphia—game for breakfast and dessert.

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Zhoug

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Meet zhoug, the Middle Eastern version of pesto made with arugula. Thanks to cumin and jalapeño, it packs a surprisingly spicy punch. Add this zhoug, cooked up by chef C.J. Jacobson of Ēmain Chicago, to give any dish a peppery kick.

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