12 Mint Recipes That Are Refreshing, Delicious, And Totally Unique

It's a staple for making tea more invigorating, and we can't get enough chocolate-mint combinations, but there are also so many more incredible ways to use mint. In dishes both savory and sweet, this green leaf proves to be as versatile as it is refreshing. Take a break from your Thin Mint addiction, and try something new.

Whether you add the herb to a pot of soup or test it out in a salad dressing, it's guaranteed to give you the flavor boost you need. Flip through to see our favorite unique mint recipes.

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Mint and Pistachio Pepper Pappardelle Pasta

Forget the basil. Half Baked Harvest’s mint-pistachio pesto will have you rethinking your approach to this classic sauce.

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Cucumber and Mint Gimlet

This cocktail ingredient is for more than just mojitos and mint juleps. This cucumber gimlet by A Beautiful Mess is a refreshing happy hour option.

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Pan-Fried Spaghetti with Ramps and Mint

For a fresh take on your pasta dinner, The Kitchn uses mint to liven things up. A couple minutes in the frying pan gives spaghetti a crisp touch.

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Wilted Red Cabbage with Mint and Feta

Cabbage and feta make a healthy main course. Leaf Parade throws in mint for some extra flair.

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Cucumber Salad with Creamy Mint Dressing

With the help of some coconut milk, Oh She Glows makes a creamy mint dressing that perks up a plate full of greens.

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Portobello Orzo with Lemon Mint Cream Sauce

This vegan dish is one of our favorite comfort foods. Healthful Pursuit uses mint to add an unexpected touch to mushrooms and rice.

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Fresh Pea, Mint, and Coconut Soup

Bet you never thought of adding mint to your bubbling pot of soup. Green Kitchen Stories takes your wintertime staple to the next level.

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Watermelon Mint Sorbet

A touch of mint makes watermelon all the more delicious. Cookie and Kate shows you how it’s done.

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Peach Salad with Mint and Pistachios

A fruit and veggie-filled salad is perfectly rounded out by some fresh mint. Thanks for the idea, Love and Lemons!

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Fruit Salad with Ginger Mint Glaze

Fruit salad is good, but fruit salad with a minty glaze is even better. Healthful Pursuit makes a healthy dessert with a refreshing minty kick.

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Mint & Mango Zucchini Spaghetti

For a dish that’s light on carbs but full on flavor, look no further than Green Kitchen Stories’ minty mango spaghetti — just use spiralized zucchini instead of pasta.

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Matcha Mint Iced Tea

Mint iced tea is nothing new, but a touch of matcha makes Love and Lemons’ version extra special.

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