Tzatziki

This signature Greek condiment is wonderful served with this week’s focaccia bread.

Ingredients:
2 cups Greek yogurt
1 large English cucumber, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice from ½ lemon
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
In a bowl, combine yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, fresh herbs and garlic. Stir until mixed, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a separate dish, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour for the best flavor.

Herb-Shallot Dressing

This flavor-packed vinaigrette is fantastic with both grains and greens.

Ingredients:
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons minced shallot
1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
2 teaspoons minced fresh mint
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
½ teaspoon fresh lemon zest
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Method:
1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a pint-sized jar with a tight-fitting lid, cover, and shake vigorously until emulsified, about 30 seconds. Reserve until ready to use.

Apple Mint Simple Syrup

Try this easy syrup splashed into your next glass of lemonade!

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup packed mint leaves, stems removed

Method:
1. To make mint simple syrup, combine sugar, water, and mint leaves in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Immediately reduce heat and allow to simmer for 2 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain the leaves.

Potato Salad with Crème Fraîche & Mint

This unique recipe from Jamie Oliver ingeniously combines fresh mint, crème fraîche and Anaheim chile.

Ingredients:
2 pounds baby red potatoes, scrubbed
1 cup crème fraîche
Zest and juice from 1 lemon
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
1 Anaheim chile, seeded and finely chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Gently boil potatoes in a large pot of salted water until tender, then drain. Allow to cool slightly, then slice all potatoes in half.

2. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and dress with crème fraîche, lemon juice and zest, sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Stir in half of the fresh mint and sliced pepper in with the salad, then use the remaining mint and pepper to garnish the finished dish.

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