19 mint recipes
Growing fresh mint in your garden? Add this refreshing herb to vibrant salads, fun cocktails and even chocolate cake for great summer entertaining. Plus, learn how to chop fresh mint in just 20 seconds using our expert video
Want to use fresh mint in your cooking? Try our summery savoury dishes or make our mint chocolate cake recipe and mint cocktails such as mint julep and mojitos.
When is mint in season?
English mint is at its best between May and September.
Step-by-step guide: how to chop fresh mint
1. Pick off your mint leaves and lay them on top of each other in a neat stack.
2. Roll the stack up along its length and pinch with one hand to keep it together.
3. Chop the roll in a rocking motion to get short shards of mint.
4. Why not use your newfound skill in the recipes below?
Easy mint recipes
Mint cocktail recipes
A fresh mint julep is the perfect thing to sip as summer starts to heat up. Make a batch of mint-infused bourbon and keep in the fridge for instant cocktails, and remember to jazz this recipe up with fresh peach.
The ultimate mint cocktail, our mojito recipe is super refreshing and will whisk you away to the Caribbean!
Make this minty cocktail zero-alcohol by swapping the rum for apple juice mixed with almond extract. All the Cuban flavour, none of the hangover!
Savoury mint recipes
Homemade mint sauce is a great way to use up mint from the garden – it takes just five minutes to make and works brilliantly with roast lamb.
This vibrant, summery soup is packed with courgette, fresh mint and lemon zest. Best served with a dollop of crème fraîche on top.
Fresh mint is blended with frozen peas, ricotta and lemon juice in this light and summery soup which is ready in just 30 minutes.
Make the most of left-over lamb by serving with a fresh mint dressing in a zingy summer salad.
Our mint recipe with broad bean panzanella and burrata makes a great summer BBQ salad, packed with lots of delicious flavours from anchovies and capers along with the creamy burrata and fresh broad beans. Serve it as a starter as part of a summer dinner party.
Check out these seriously crispy chicken thighs with cool mint, courgette ribbons and juicy cherry tomatoes. This super easy meal is high in protein, low in calories and ready in less than an hour.
Try our gluten free Vietnamese style herb, watermelon and rice noodle salad. This refreshing recipe is a great summer BBQ side dish and is ready in less than 30 minutes. What's more, it's low in calories.
Our vibrant salad combines seasonal fresh mint, pomegranate molasses, fat-free yoghurt and salad leaves. Finish with some homemade dressing and enjoy! Try more summery salad ideas here.
Mint is a great source of Vitamin A. Our low calorie mint, cider and green pea soup topped with crispy bacon croutons is delicious for lunch or as a light mid-week dinner. Check out more of our soup ideas here.
These fresh, zesty grilled courgettes are a great summer side dish to have alongside your midweek meal.
Try our quick and easy pizza recipe this summer. Made with readymade flatbreads topped with fresh mint, mozzarella and ribbons of courgette for a tasty midweek meal.
Our fresh-flavoured pasta dish is super quick and easy – perfect to throw together for the family after work. Using mint adds a burst of freshness whilst pine nuts create extra texture, perfect for the summer season. More vegetarian pasta ideas to try here.
An easy vegetarian tart filled with seasonal fresh flavours. Cool mint, asparagus, peas, spring onion and pea shoots make this perfect for summer nights. A block of puff pastry makes this quick to assemble if you're rushing home from work.
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Check out our seasonal vegetarian recipe using fresh mint, peas and Indian cheese paneer – perfect for a veggie treat on the BBQ. For perfectly cooked paneer, make sure you have a crunchy, charred outside with a soft and succulent centre.
Our moreish mini tartines are a great, seasonal make-ahead canapé with fresh mint, peas and salmon. You can assemble these about 30 minutes ahead and leave at room temperature to impress your guests.
Sweet mint recipes
Try Edd Kimber's ultimate mint cake. Mint and lime add a refreshing note to this chocolate-covered loaf cake, making it the ideal sweet treat to serve your friends and family this summer.
Mint adds freshness to this Persian-inspired ice lolly, while honey adds sweetness.