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12 Springy, Minty Recipes to Bet On

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If lush, velvety, spicy basil sings "summer," fresh mint is its springtime equivalent. Green-tasting and bright, it's good by the bushel—in tea, snipped into salads, smashed up with peas, or muddled into a julep (the Kentucky Derby's on Friday, after all). Plant some yourself, or buy a bunch of it, and use it in these 12 recipes:

Mint Julep
Mint Julep
Pea Salad with Parmesan and Mint
Pea Salad with Parmesan and Mint
Lemon Mint Barley Water
Lemon Mint Barley Water
Spring Vegetable Panzanella with Poached Eggs
Spring Vegetable Panzanella with Poached Eggs
Sweet Tea Cookies
Sweet Tea Cookies
Minty Pea Purée on Toast
Minty Pea Purée on Toast
Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream
Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream
Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
Mint-Pistachio Pesto
Mint-Pistachio Pesto
Avocado, Feta, and Mint on Sourdough Toast
Avocado, Feta, and Mint on Sourdough Toast
Orange Ginger Mint Sodas
Orange Ginger Mint Sodas
New Potato and Pea Salad with Mustard and Mint
New Potato and Pea Salad with Mustard and Mint

How do you blow through a bunch of fresh mint? Share your ideas in the comments.

Tags: mint julep, kentucky derby, mint