Mint – The Taste of Summer

By on June 1, 2012

By Holly Clegg –

If you don’t have mint growing outside, you should. Green thumb or not, mint is about the easiest thing to grow – in fact it’s hard to kill! It can run rampant though, so a good idea to keep it from taking over your garden is to grow it in pots. The fragrant herb comes in many varieties, but the most widely used kitchen herb is spearmint, as it has a milder mint flavor better suited for cooking and garnishing. Peppermint is another popular, yet stronger mint flavoring used in anything from chewing gum to toothpaste.

To me, mint is the taste of summer, and I love to use it in as many dishes as possible. When it is fresh and in season it is hard to beat, especially since it is straight from my yard! I love to go right outside, and pick it to add to yummy recipes, from a delightful summer salsa you will want to dig into, to a refreshing afternoon mojito. Watermelon Feta Salsa is one of my favorites and always a winner. Finally something scrumptious to do with that leftover watermelon! Pair with toasted whole-wheat pita triangles and you have a delicious, nutritious sweet and savory snack.

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Watermelon and Feta Salsa

An unusual combination, yet, one of my summer favorites with sweet watermelon, fresh mint, salty olives, and feta bursting with sweet and salty in each mouthful.

Makes 16 (1/4) cup servings

  • 4 cups chopped watermelon
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1. In small bowl mix together all ingredients. Serve.

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories 29 Calories from fat 36% Fat 1g Saturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 1mg Sodium 98mg Carbohydrate 4g Dietary Fiber 0g Sugars 3g Protein 1g Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 fruit

Spicy Advice: Try the red pepper seasoned rice vinegar for a little extra zing. Raid a salad bar for fresh Kalamata olives-it makes a difference.


Recipe from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age.

Holly Clegg, author of best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the women’s lifestyle cookbook, Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age, and also the specialized trim&TERRIFIC® Diabetic Cooking and Eating Well Through Cancer. With 1 million copies sold, Holly has promoted her healthy lifestyle recipes on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, and The 700 Club. Known as the healthy “Queen of Quick,” she understands the demands of the busy person and with her user friendly, pantry friendly, and time friendly cookbooks. For more information, visit or

About Holly Clegg

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg, known as the “Queen of Quick” has become a healthy culinary expert on practical easy, healthy recipes through her best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series, including the more health focused cookbooks, Diabetic Cooking with the ADA, Eating Well Through Cancer and Eating Well to Fight Arthritis. Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, The 700 Club, QVC, USA Today, Web MD, The Huffington Post. She has partnered with Wal-Mart and is currently working with Albertsons, Inc., Baylor Hospital in Dallas, OmniChannel Health Media and has a partnership with Our Lady of Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. Her phone app, Mobile Rush Hour Recipes has over 50,000 subscribers. Visit or

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Mint – The Taste of Summer