Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Parsley - It Aint Just for Fresh Breath

For the last few weeks, my CSA basket has arrived bearing a bunch of Italian parsley (the kind with flat, pointy leaves). I've used a sprig here and there, but in the end, most of it ended in a dessicated mass, tossed during fridge cleanup.

This morning, I pulled out yet another bunch of those clean leaves, and I was determined not to let them go to waste. My first thought was to dehydrate the stuff, crush it into a powder and use it as a seasoning. But these were fresh greens, picked the very same day, and I desired to use them at the height of their nutritional potency.

It's just the plant we use to take up white space on a plate. What's the big deal about parsley?

  • 3 times as much Vitamin C as oranges
  • 2 times as much Iron as spinach
  • Contains Vitamin A, Potassium, and Calcium
  • Diuretic that stimulates kidneys to release waste
  • Contains 4 known cancer-fighting chemicals
  • Tastes like summer!
  • Green leaves = Chlorophyll

A quick perusal of the Internet resulted in a salad idea. Here's my version:

Summer Parsley Salad

One bunch flat Italian parsley (chopped, with stems removed)

1 handful cherry tomatoes (quartered)

1 handful sliced mushrooms

2 tablespoons really raw olive oil (try Bariani, as some cold-pressed oils are overheated)

a few drops sesame oil (to taste, and this stuff is strong)

2 tablespoons raw sesame seeds

1 teaspoon crushed garlic

sea salt to taste

1 tablespoon raw agave or raw honey

Combine parsley, mushrooms, tomatoes, and sesame seeds in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients. Pour dressing over salad and toss. This salad is super-yummy if you allow the flavors to blend for 30 minutes or so.

This really was like eating a bowl of summer. I would've loved to add onions and cucumbers, if I had them. Yummy goodness!



HiHoRosie said...

Thanks for posting that info - I love learning about all the health benefits.

I just had some Italian parsley in my juice tonight. YUM!

I'm like you where I get it so often and use very little then end up wasting it but I'm bound and determined to use it up this time. It's cleaned and ready to go so I have no excuse. :)

Michelle said...

Sounds delicious. Thanks for your post on my blog. It was great to find your blog and I love the BL challenge you did. Awesome!