The official start of summer in the US – Memorial Day – is upon us this weekend. In the UK it’s a holiday weekend as well, though it’s a generic “bank” holiday…don’t exactly know the significance, but I’ll take the holiday nonetheless. Plus kids are off school next week for half-term break. Yeah!!!!
To kick-off the summer, I’m sharing with you my absolute favorite marinade. It’s comprised of super fresh, Mediterranean flavors: lemon, olive oil and fresh herbs. You can use it on chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, fish or veggies – pretty much anything.
I use about half of it to marinade and then use the other half as a sauce. You can marinade for as little as an hour, or if you want more flavor (and have superior planning skills to me) then marinade in the refrigerator overnight.
Incorporate whatever fresh herbs might be growing like gangbusters in your garden this summer, or what looks particularly nice at the farmer’s market….or whatever bits and bobs you have in your refrigerator.
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The Only Marinade You’ll Ever Need (makes 1 cup)
Note: You can use this marinade on chicken, pork, steaks, chops, prawns/shrimp, salmon, vegetables – pretty much anything. I like to use half of it to marinade the aforementioned items and save the other half to serve alongside as a sauce.
1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 strips lemon zest
3 garlic cloves, minced then crushed with the side of a large knife (see picture above)
1/4 cup chopped parsley (about a handful)
1/4 cup chopped mixed herbs (about a handful – dill, basil, cilantro/coriander, tarragon, oregano…use whatever combo you like)
1/2 cup (120 ml) olive oil
In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, red pepper flakes, pepper and salt. Stir until salt has dissolved. Add the lemon zest, garlic, parsley and herbs and stir. Slowly add the olive oil in a stream, stirring continuously with a fork or whisk. Pour over your poultry, meat, fish, seafood or vegetable of choice. Let sit for at least an hour or overnight. Grill to desired doneness (or if not grilling, can cook on the stovetop or in the oven).
Adapted from Epicurious