{recipe redux} Tarragon Berry Smoothie

by Danielle Omar on March 21, 2013

It’s recipe redux time again.  You know we post on the 21st of each month?  It seems like  just yesterday I was writing about my Oscar-inspired meal. This month’s theme kinda snuck up on me.  We are tasked to use herbs in a new and interesting (and healthy) way.  I cook with fresh herbs all the time, but I don’t really use them in non-traditional ways.

I had to fall back on my go-to experimental vehicle — smoothies.  I have found you can put almost anything in a smoothie and it still tastes good.

My herb choice?  Tarragon.  Ever had it?  It kind of smells like licorice.  It’s green and it’s leafy.  It’s one of the most potent antioxidants of all herbs and is commonly used as a toothache reducer, digestive aid, and appetite stimulant and sleeping aid.  My husband wanted nothing to do with it, but Norah was a willing participant in my experiment.

Norah

All you have to say is the word smoothie and she’s got the Vitamix in hand.  Did she care there were green leaves atop her strawberry goodness?  Not one bit. She was probably just happy that her smoothie wasn’t green!

strawberry tarragon smoothie

I used the ingredients I had on hand — a frozen banana, fresh raspberries, frozen strawberries, fresh tarragon, a strawberry Chobani yogurt and some coconut milk.

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It was delicious and the perfect after dinner treat.  The tarragon gave it a little kick, but nobody seemed to care. I don’t think you will, either.  :)

Don’t forget to check out my fellow reduxers using herbs in crazy ways below.

 


Danielle Omar is a nutritionist for busy men and women, focusing on creating personal eating strategies through her signature approach, “Learn it, Live it, Love it.” She loves helping working parents, busy families, and stressed out professionals change the way they think about food. Join Danielle’s newsletter for inspiration and tips to help you become a confident eater.

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1 Liz - Meal Makeover Mom March 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Awesome use of tarragon. I see a lot of smoothie recipes with mint and basil, but this is the first I’ve seen with tarragon. I teach a kids cooking class here in Lexington, MA where we hold a “smoothie-making challenge.” I will definitely be adding fresh tarragon to the market basket table!

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2 dixya@food, pleasure, and health March 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I would have never though of using tarragon in smoothie.. but anything with strawberries and coconut milk taste fantastic :)

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3 Alexandra @ Delicious Knowledge March 21, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I’ve used a lot of herbs in my smoothies… but never Tarragon! Will have to try this one

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4 Mary @BrightonYourHealth March 22, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Ah, tarragon! What an underutilized herb and what a great choice to put tarragon in a smoothie.
Here in France we use tarragon in chicken and fish recipes but I think its licorice flavor adds a wonderful touch to fruit.

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5 EA-The Spicy RD March 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Can’t wait to try this, especially since I experimented with tarragon too for the ReDux, but haven’t found the time yet to share my post. Love your taste tester!

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6 Min@ savortherainbow March 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I’ve actually never tried tarragon. My husband would have reacted the same way as yours. Your little helper is so precious ;). I LOVE my vitamix also! Def going to try this smoothie.

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