16 Tasty Uses for Dill

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Dill is an easy-to-grow aromatic herb with culinary seeds and feathery foliage. The best flavor is in the immature seed heads.Click To Enlarge

Dill is an easy-to-grow aromatic herb with culinary seeds and feathery foliage. The best flavor is in the immature seed heads.

Photo: John Pendleton

Whatever you do, don't throw away any dill that happens to be leftover from your pickling projects. Besides making a great potato salad or hanging it up to dry, there are dozens of ways to use dill in your cooking. 

Bev Bennett, a Chicago-area recipe developer and food and nutrition writer came up with 16 tasty ideas at the just the mention of leftover dill. 

"When someone asks what to do with an ingredient, my mind instantly goes to all the possibilities," she said.

Here's her dill-y of a list:

  1. Stir dill into plain yogurt for a snack or a topping for a baked potato. 
  2. Stir it into sour cream, add scallions or chives for a dip. 
  3. Stir it into Greek yogurt, add chopped cucumber, tomato, scallion and (optional) chopped radishes for a salad. 
  4. Stir it into buttermilk. 
  5. Stir it into club soda; add a lime wedge.
  6. Stir it into tomato juice to enjoy plain or make a Bloody Mary.
  7. Stir it into cream cheese; spread on bagel. 
  8. Blend it into butter. Use as a spread or use dill butter in a biscuit recipe. 
  9. Sprinkle it over smoked salmon, add capers and (optional) minced red onion.
  10. Spread dill cream cheese on a slice of smoked salmon, roll it up and slice into pinwheels; top with a dill sprig for a garnish. 
  11. Make borscht.
  12. Make cold potato soup with dill. 
  13. Make cold cucumber soup with dill. 
  14. Make gazpacho with dill garnish. 
  15. Combine cooked shrimp, cherry tomatoes, dill and vinaigrette dressing in a salad.
  16. Add dill to chicken salad; toss with a ranch or vinaigrette dressing.

How do you use leftover dill in your recipes?


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