Parsley enhances the flavors in salads, soup, dips, and many more dishes with its fresh aroma. You can use it in any recipe that calls for cilantro as it is one of the best substitutes for cilantro. But do you know what flavors pair well with parsley?
In this post, I share which food flavors taste great when paired with this fresh herb. What flavors go well with parsley in terms of vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, and protein.
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What Does Parsley Taste Like
Parsley is a strong herb with a distinctive aroma. It is known for its peppery and grassy flavor. It is used as a garnishing herb and added to dishes at the end of the cooking process.
There are two types of parsley, flat-leaf and curly. Whenever a recipe calls for parsley, by default it is flat-leaf or Italian parsley until or otherwise mentioned as curly parsley.
What Flavors Go Well With Parsley
Here is the list of food pairings that goes well with them.
Fruits and Vegetables
Tomato, cucumber, onion, garlic, mushrooms, asparagus, carrots, potato, lemon, limes, green beans, lettuce, shallots, celery, celery roots, corn, cauliflower, zucchini, broccoli, radish, turnip, parsnip, artichokes, eggplant, blueberry, tangerines, bell peppers, fennel, scallions, capers, endive, chard, beetroot, spinach, arugula, Brussels sprouts
Almond, cashew, pistachio, pine nuts, walnuts, pecan, macadamia, peanut, raisins
Herbs and Spices
Cilantro, basil, chives, oregano, mint, rosemary, tarragon, dill, salt, black pepper, sumac, salt, thyme, marjoram, watercress, chervil
Protein and Dairy
Eggs, egg white, fish, cream cheese, feta cheese, goat cheese, parmesan, paneer, tofu, steak, chicken, chickpeas, salmon, beans, ricotta, beef, lamb, shrimp, mussels, clams, crab, cod, squid, halibut, tuna, scallop, oyster, lobster, ham, duck, sardine, turkey
Lentils, rice, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pasta, olive, couscous, sesame, honey, maple syrup, white beans, bulgar, lima beans, fava beans, white wine
Frequently Asked Questions
Fish, steak, chicken, salmon, beef, lamb, shrimp, mussels, clams, crab, cod, squid, halibut, tuna, scallop, oyster, lobster, ham, duck, sardine, turkey are the meat varieties that pair well with parsley.
What To Do With Lots Of Fresh Parsley
Here are some recipes that show you how you can enjoy them when this fresh herb is in season.
Ciambotta or Giambotta is a hearty Italian vegetable stew using summer vegetables like zucchini, green beans, leeks, tomatoes, onions, pink radish, broccoli with minimal spices.
This homemade broccoli pesto is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, oil-free, dairy-free, and made without basil & parmesan cheese. Make this easy sauce in less than 15 minutes at home.
Check the parsley substitutes if you like to replace in recipes.
Other Food Pairing
- What goes well with cucumber
- What Goes Well With Mushrooms
- What Goes Well With Asparagus
- What Goes Well With Blueberries
- What Goes Well With Cilantro
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