I’m always looking for more ways to pack a variety of herbs and spices into my diet. This recipe combines sweet and citrusy marjoram with parsley and mint for a bright, flavorful spring herb salad. But these herbs don’t just make the dish taste delicious, they are full of nutrients and antioxidants. Take a look:

  • Marjoram improves digestive function, can help relieve pain, and has potent antibacterial and antiviral properties.[1] 
  • Parsley is a great source of vitamin K and vitamin C. It also contains myristicin, a volatile oil that shows promise to inhibit tumor formation (as seen in animal studies). Parsley also contains, luteolin, a flavonoid that helps prevent oxygen damage to your cells.[2]
  • Mint doesn’t just help freshen your breath. It has high antimicrobial properties and can also help relieve gastrointestinal upset including cramps, gas, and nausea. It also contains important minerals including calcium, zinc, magnesium, and copper.

These herbs, combined with sweet carrots and spring peas, make for a flavorful and easy-to-make salad. Serve it alongside Lamb Meatballs with Muhammara or Lemon and Herb Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs.

RECIPE: Spring Herb Salad with Carrots, Spring Peas, and Mint | Paleo, Whole30, Low-Carb

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 cup carrots, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup sugar snap peas, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced 
  • 3 sprigs mint, chopped
  • 2 sprigs parsley, chopped
  • 2 t marjoram
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1.5 T olive oil or avocado oil

Here’s what you do:

  1. Add your peas, carrots, and scallion to a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Combine the mint, parsley, marjaram, lemon zest, lemon juice, sea salt, and olive oil in a small bowl to make the dressing. 
  3. Coat the pea and carrot mixture with the dressing. Add more sea salt, to taste, if you like.
  4. That’s it! Easy peas-y! (get it? yes, I know. I’m a little cheesy.)


RECIPE: Spring Herb Salad with Carrots, Spring Peas, and Mint | Paleo, Whole30, Low-Carb


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[1] http://medicinalherbinfo.org/herbs/Marjoram.html

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11814152