Pairing Herbs and Other Flavors with Vegetables

Here is a quick reference for making every vegetable even more delicious.

  • Asparagus and Broccoli: tarragon, dill, lemon, basil
  • Green Beans: basil, dill, thyme, mint, oregano, tarragon
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  • Green Peas: caraway, tarragon, savory, dill
  • Squash: mint, chervil, marjoram, rosemary, garlic, tarragon
  • Carrots: basil, garlic, rosemary, dill, thyme, oregano
  • Eggplant: marjoram, sage, oregano, basil, Parmesan cheese
  • Cauliflower: caraway, dill, mace tarragon, Parmesan cheese
  • New Potatoes: lemon, parsley, rosemary, dill, thyme, oregano

Since receiving this list, I've added quite a bit to it based on what my own family likes best. I just printed out the list and added handwritten family favorites.* I taped the list to the inside of an upper cabinet door for quick reference. My dried herbs and spices are in the same cabinet.

*For example; my family loves a good thick ranch dressing drizzled over hot new boiled potatoes, so I keep a package of the dry ranch dressing with all my spices. Just add it to sour cream, and voila, magic! The same ranch dressing is delicious over steamed broccoli or cauliflower. More magic!


Source: My young friend Lisa sent this to me. She probably found it on some website, or maybe in a cooking magazine as like me, she spends almost all her time either studying, buying for, preparing or eating food. At 24 years old, she is a very accomplished cook and baker, and that's amazing for this day and age.

By Julia from Boca Raton, FL

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August 24, 20110 found this helpful

Great information and I like your idea of taping the list to the inside of your spice cabinet. I will print out the list and do the same.
Thanks for sharing.

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August 24, 20110 found this helpful

I used to have a great little book that had everything about herbs and what foods to use them with, but it got lost in a military move and I've never found another like it. This is a really good start to collecting all that information.


Thanks so much.

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August 25, 20110 found this helpful

This will be a help when I'm trying to figure out what to use on a lot of vegetables when I'd like to create a different flavor. I seldom use dill, and I see from the list that it's very popular with many different vegetables. Who knew?
Thanks Pookarina.

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August 27, 20110 found this helpful is a great site for information on herbs or just about anything else. Has lots of pictures too.

Another good site for information is Chef's Thesaurus at

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August 29, 20110 found this helpful

I like the idea of having the information in the same area as you keep
the spices and herbs. Should have thought of it myself. Duh.


Thank you Julia.

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August 29, 20110 found this helpful

I learned a lot about using some different herbs with vegetables and I'm
looking forward to trying things that I think I'm going to like a lot. We
like sauces with things like broccoli, and I want to try adding dill or tarragon
to the sauce. It opens up an interesting new way to flavor some of our
favorites. Thank you for sharing. Thumbs up!


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