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Featuring Fall Herbs: 3 Tasty Recipes

Sep 21, 2016 02:26PM, Published by Melanie Heisinger, Categories: Food+Dining, Today Recipes

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Autumn has some of the tastiest herbs such as parsley, chives, dill, and cilantro. So, why not feature them in some of your meals? We've compiled a few different recipe ideas for your consideration. 

Grilled Cilantro Chicken with Pickled Tomato and Avocado Salsa

Grilled Cilantro Chicken with Pickled Tomato and Avocado Salsa. Courtesy of 



1 pound beefsteak tomatoes, quartered and seeded
2 serrano chiles, thinly sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons packed light or dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 firm-ripe avocados


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 chicken breast halves with bone and skin (2 1/2 lbs. total)


1. Make salsa: In a bowl, combine tomatoes, chiles, and green onions. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring vinegar to a boil. Add brown sugar and salt and cook, stirring, until dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Put ginger, garlic, and dry spices in a bowl. In another medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until rippling. Add ginger mixture and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in seasoned vinegar, and pour over tomato mixture.

2. Let salsa cool, then cover and chill at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours. About 1 hour before serving, cut avocados into 3/4-in. chunks, add to salsa, and bring to room temperature.

3. Make chicken: In a large bowl, combine olive oil, lime juice, and seasonings. Turn chicken in mixture to coat. Let stand at room temperature, turning occasionally, 30 to 45 minutes.

4. Heat a grill to high (450° to 550°). Lift chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and grill chicken, covered, turning often, until no longer pink in center, 15 to 20 minutes.

5. Transfer chicken to a platter and spoon salsa on top, saving half the liquid for another use (such as salad dressing).

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Smoky Salmon Chive Spread


2 cans (7.5 oz. each) salmon (preferably Alaskan king or sockeye), well drained
1 container (7 oz.) nonfat Greek yogurt
2 ounces hot-smoked salmon, finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion, plus slivers for garnish
3 tablespoons chopped chives
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt
Seeded crisp lavash or other crackers


Remove bones and skin from salmon; break into chunks. In a medium bowl, mix yogurt, hot-smoked salmon, chopped onion, chives, mustard, and pepper with a fork until well combined. Gently stir in salmon, season to taste with salt, and top with slivered onion. Serve with lavash.

Make ahead: Chill, covered, up to 3 days (you may need to moisten with a bit more yogurt).

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Herbed Carrot Soup


4 tablespoons butter
2 medium onions, sliced
6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
3 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4-in.-thick rounds
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup long-grain rice (any variety)
2 to 3 tsp. coarse kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
1 cup fresh dill, chopped
1 cup fresh tarragon, chopped


1. Melt butter in a large pot (at least 5 qts.) over medium-high heat, then add onions. Cook until onions are translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic, carrots, bay leaf, rice, 2 tsp. salt, pepper, and chicken broth.

2. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-high and cook, uncovered, until carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes.

3. Remove bay leaf and purée soup in batches in a blender. Return soup to pot and set over low heat. Add whipping cream and 2 cups water (if soup looks too thick, add a little more water) and cook until warmed through. Season to taste with additional salt.

4. Serve soup hot, with crème fraîche or sour cream, dill, and tarragon.

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