Often underestimated as an herb and most commonly used as a garnish, parsley actually has a ton of flavor to offer. It's a key ingredient in Italian salsa verde and gremolata, and adds brightness and balance to almost any dish. Cookbook author Viana La Place says of her rediscovery of parsley: "It has a mineral richness you just can't beat." Her lemony rice salad—with arborio rice, lots of parsley, black olives, capers and lemon—takes only 25 minutes to prepare and is a perfect dish for summer cookouts. Parsley is also a great alternative to basil in pesto recipes, but we especially love this sauce paired with halibut. Olive oil, shallots, parsley, lemon juice and dash of cream make for an incredibly rich sauce that works well on a variety of seafood. Find these recipes and more in Food & Wine's guide to parsley.

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Herbed Ricotta with Grilled Bread

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Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple makes this simple herbed ricotta for almost all of his parties because it’s such a crowd-pleaser. It’s addictive spread on toasted bread but is also perfect served with crudités. Slideshow: More Ricotta Recipes 

16 Parsley Recipes We Love

Don’t underestimate how much freshness parsley can bring to a dish. We love how the fragrant herb brightens crispy smashed potatoes, elevates pasta, and, of course, enhances any dish with garlic and butter. Read on for some of our favorite recipes featuring parsley.

5 Reasons You Should Definitely Be Cooking with Parsley

According to Amanda Cohen, the brilliant chef-owner of the vegetable-centric restaurant Dirt Candy in New York City, we should all be paying more attention to parsley.