Recipes from the garden

After some fresh herb inspiration? Have a go at these tasty recipes using our pick of the produce.

See our how to freeze herbs tips

1. Basil  

This fragrant herb has a delicate balance of sweet and savoury flavours. Pair it with watermelon or strawberry, like we’ve done in these mini galettes.

2. Thyme & oregano 

These heroes of Mediterranean cooking pair well with red meat and potatoes. Thyme and oregano are also great in pesto and tomato-based stews or sauces.

3. Rosemary

This woody herb can withstand high heat and long cooking times, making it ideal in soups, stews and braises. It’s also delicious on homemade focaccia - try our version with garlic and sliced potato. 

4. Chilli 

Best known for its heat, red chilli also has a touch of sweetness. Try using it to add spice to homemade hot chocolate, or chargrill it for a delicious smoky flavour. It’s also super tasty in this chicken banh mi.  

5. Chives

Chives have a subtle onion flavour, so are a great substitute for spring onions. They’re best in fresh dishes like this mouth-watering potato salad with green goddess dressing.

6. Coriander 

Make the most of this leafy herb in Asian-inspired dishes, like this tofu dish. Michael Weldon’s top tip is “Use coriander stems and roots to flavour sauces, then garnish with the leaves.’ 

7. Dill

Dill infuses dishes with a subtle anise aroma and pairs well with fish, chicken, eggs and potato. Try these easy tuna patties with dill and caper dressing for a flavour sensation.

8. Mint

This handy herb is versatile and used in many cuisines, in both sweet and savoury dishes. Add mint leaves to your iced tea or lemonade, or to a salsa of cubed pineapple, chilli, lime juice and sugar. 

9. Parsley

Parsley is available in two varieties: curly and continental (or flat-leaf) and adds delicious flavour to homemade pesto. Give it a go in this hasselback potato recipe. 

10. Sage

Add fresh flavour to your cooking with this tasty herb. Michael Weldon shares one of his favourite ways to use sage: “I like to finely chop sage then mix with coarse sea salt flakes to make a seasoning for polenta chips.” It also pairs perfectly with gnocchi - have a go at this recipe. 

11. Tarragon

Make the most of this aromatic herb in this hearty roast chicken dish. It’s a great way to pack extra flavour into your cooking.


“Got leftover herbs to use up? Chop herbs, such as mint, basil, sage and thyme, then add to ice cube trays. Top with olive oil (or water), then freeze. Store in an airtight container in the freezer, then add to soups, casseroles and pasta sauces.” Sarah Hobbs, Coles magazine food editor.

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