Herb Oils and Flavored Vinegars

Try some of these easy to make, great flavored recipes for using fresh herbs and keeping them all year long!

Herb Flavored Oil

  • 2 cups extra virgin olive oil, warmed on the stove
  • 4 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 4 sprigs fresh basil
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 2 Tbsp. crushed dried red pepper

Wash the herbs and dry thoroughly. Place the herbs, peppercorns, and red pepper in a wide-mouth jar. Pour the oil over them and cover. Allow to infuse for 2 weeks. Remove the herbs and strain the oil through several layers of cheesecloth to remove the peppercorns and red pepper and divide among clean bottles or jars.

Garlic Basil Vinegar

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 4 cups red wine vinegar

Separate the garlic head into individual cloves. Crush the cloves slightly with the flat side of a knife and peel them. Wash the basil leaves and pat dry. Place the basil and garlic in a 2-quart or larger seal-able glass jar. Pour the vinegar over the garlic and basil, cover, and store in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks. Strain the vinegar through several layers of cheesecloth into clean, sterile bottles and cover. You can add a whole garlic clove or two to each bottle before closing.

Tuna Pasta Salad with Dilled Dressing

  • 1 bunch dill leaves, stems removed, chopped fine
  • 1 small bunch chives, snipped fine
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. lime or lemon juice
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1 can Premium Tuna fish 12 oz. pasta, bow ties or penne or similar
  • salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to directions. In a blender or food processor combine all ingredients except tuna fish and pasta, and blend well. Add tuna and stir gently into pasta until fully coated with dressing. Garnish with a dill sprig, chill and serve.

Lemon Basil Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Process all ingredients in a food processor and chill.

Cilantro and Lime Dressing

  • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced juice of 4 limes
  • 2 tablespoons of light olive oil

Mix all ingredients together in a blender or food processor and chill at least 30 min. for dressing or use as a marinade on fish or chicken for grilling or as a dressing for chilled shrimp salad.

Garlic Herb Paste Marinade

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup Fresh herbs loosely packed (parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, or sage)

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor to puree. Spread on meat and refrigerate at least 30 min.

Tarragon Chicken Rub

  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, or less
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. tarragon
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 lb. chicken pieces

Mix ingredients and rub all over chicken parts. Bake at 350 degrees 30 min. covered, 30 min. uncovered. Baste last 5 min

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