Skip to content

5 Tasty Ways to Use Up Tarragon

March 7, 2024
Courtesy of Vindulge

Don’t you hate it when you buy an ingredient for a recipe, and then you have a bunch of it left over and no idea what to do with it? Yes, us too. Tarragon can be one of those ingredients. It’s an aromatic, leafy herb with a hint of licorice flavor, which often shows up in French cuisine. But we don’t always have ideas on how to finish it up.

Along with its bright flavor, tarragon – like most fresh herbs – brings nutritional benefits, too: It’s antibacterial and antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and more. Here are 5 delicious ways to use up this healthy fresh herb.

1. Creamy Tarragon Dip

Tarragon dip

Courtesy of Vindulge

It’s a dip, it’s a sauce – however you use this creamy mixture, it’s sure to bring the flavor. Made with Greek yogurt, spinach, lemon juice, and fresh tarragon, it’s light, yet satisfying. Offer it as a dip with cut-up veggies, drizzle it over fish, or spoon some over a grain bowl.

Try this recipe from Vindulge.

2. Creamy Tarragon Chicken with Mushrooms

Tarragon chicken and mushrooms

Courtesy of Primal Gourmet

A fancy-looking, restaurant-quality dish that’s healthy, loaded with flavor, ready in 20 minutes, and also Whole30-friendly? Sign us up. Tarragon adds a pop of color and freshness to this creamy, rich chicken and mushroom dish. 

Try this recipe from Primal Gourmet.

3. Spring Asparagus Quinoa Salad

Asparagus quinoa salad with tarragon

Courtesy of Good Life Eats

We love a cold grain salad in the warmer months, and this one just screams spring. Toss asparagus and protein-rich quinoa in a lemony tarragon vinaigrette, then top it off with soft goat cheese and sliced almonds. Enjoy it as a light entree, or alongside fish or chicken as a side dish. 

Try this recipe from Good Life Eats.

4. Basil Tarragon Pesto

Basil tarragon pesto

Courtesy of Reluctant Entertainer

Pesto is always a crowd-pleaser, and this one makes it even better, thanks to the addition of tarragon. Toss it with pasta, spread it on sandwiches, mix it with yogurt and make a tasty dip, or brush some on shrimp or chicken before cooking.

Try this recipe from Reluctant Entertainer.

5. Tarragon Chicken Salad

Tarragon chicken salad

Courtesy of The Defined Dish

Tarragon chicken salad is a classic, and this recipe will become your go-to. Start with a rotisserie bird, and fold in celery, onion, and dried cranberries, along with the tarragon and some Dijon. It’s easy enough to make as a quick lunch for yourself, but dressed-up enough to serve to brunch guests.

Try this recipe from The Defined Dish.

Read next: The Healthy Trader Joe’s Sauce I Use in *Everything*

Good food
people together.
So do
good emails.

What our editors love right now

Good food brings people together.
So do good emails.

  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • Hidden