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10 Father's Day Recipes Featuring Fresh Herbs

10 Father's Day Recipes Featuring Fresh Herbs

This coming weekend is a chance to celebrate father figures in our lives. One of the best ways to say ‘thank you’ is through good food. So, this Father’s Day, why not make an extra special home-cooked meal? 

To spark your creativity, we’ve rounded up some tasty recipes that feature a sprinkling of fresh herbs you may be growing in your smart garden. You’ll find a selection of main meals, side dishes, and even a couple of desserts to try. Whether you’re planning to cook for dad on Father’s Day or any other time of year, these dishes are bound to delight even the choosiest of eaters!

1. Garlic-Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

You can’t go wrong with potatoes and herbs, a winning combination for almost any lunch or dinner.

Image: eatingwell.com


  • 1 pound baby potatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Get instructions here

Credit: Eating Well

2. Herb Crusted Salmon

For dads who enjoy fish, cook up this delicious salmon recipe, crusted in fresh herbs.

Image: favoritefamilyrecipes.com


  • 1 large salmon filet 1-inch thick
  • 1 bottle Grey Poupon
  • 2 c. chopped herbs cilantro, basil, parsley, rosemary, green onion, any other herbs that you love... get a good mix. Remove all stems, use only the leaves. Use a knife to finely chop and grind up all herbs. Do not use a food processor.
  • Roasted garlic see above, crushed
  • Hollandaise (optional)

Get instructions here

Credit: Favorite Family Recipes

3. Pesto Butter Corn on the Cob

A delicious side dish that’s perfect for summer. Goes well with vegetables, salads and food with crunchy textures.

Images: cookincanuck.com


  • 6 corn cobs husked & silks removed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons basil pesto
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 basil leaves thinly sliced (optional)

Get instructions here

Credit: Cookin Canuck

4. Cilantro-Parsley Chutney

The perfect sauce for dads who enjoy grilled meat. The leftovers can be stirred into yoghurt to make a delicious dip.

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6 serrano chiles, seeded, chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1½ cups fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems

1½ cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves with tender stems

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Pinch of ground cardamom

¾ cup olive oil, divided

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Get instructions here

Credit: Bon Appétit

5. Grilled Vegetable and Jasmine Rice Salad With Herbs and Cashews

A mouthwatering Aisian-inspired dish that makes use of grilled vegetables rather than meat.

Image: seriouseats.com


For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice from about 8 to 10 limes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Salad:

  • 2 (3/4-inch-thick) slices from a large red onion
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and quartered lengthwise
  • 15 sugar-snap peas
  • 8 whole tri-color mini bell peppers or 1 large red or yellow bell pepper, quartered
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Thai basil or sweet basil
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled Jasmine rice
  • 1/2 cup lightly toasted cashews

Get instructions here

Credit: Serious Eats

6. Cauliflower Dill Kugel

An adventurous treat that puts fresh dill and parsley to great use. 

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  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups thinly sliced shallots
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup dill weed, divided
  • 3 teaspoons grated lemon zest, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen cauliflower, thawed and patted dry
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Get instructions here

Credit: Taste of Home

7. Thai Basil Tofu Stir Fry

For dads who enjoy tofu and a taste of the exotic.

Image: connoisseurusveg.com


  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp. chili paste, more if you like extra spicy
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch, optional, see note
  • 1 lb. extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 1 large broccoli crown, chopped
  • 2 cups sliced fresh basil

Get instructions here

Credit: Connoisseurus Veg

8. Vietnamese Herb Salad

A healthy salad brimming with herbs and vegetables.

Image: myrecipes.com


  • 3/4 cup lime juice (from 6 to 8 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce
  • 1 seeded, minced red jalapeño chile
  • 1 seeded, minced green jalapeño chile
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh dill leaves
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup whole salted, roasted cashews

Get instructions here

Credit: My Recipes

9. Cornmeal-Thyme Cookies

An after dinner treat for dad to enjoy with tea or coffee.

Image: yummly.com


  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal (stone-ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup dried currants
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (finely)

Get instructions here

Credit: Martha Stewart

10. Sage Corn Muffins

Dad will love these muffins that are tasty and low on calories.

Image: cleaneatingmag.com


  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (or 3/4 cup oat flour)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 1/2 tbsp safflower oil
  • 3 oz baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 2 1/2 tbsp sage leaves, minced

Get instructions here

Credit: Clean Eating

Whatever your plans for Father’s Day, we hope your time is as happy and refreshing as can be. Here’s to all dads and father figures!

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