It’s the LITTLE Things in Life – Dill, Arugula and Mint


My garden is still little. We had an early spring, but I got it in late. What do you make when you barely have lettuce, but the dill, mint and arugula are jammin’? You make a dressing, vinaigrette, or a dip sort of thingy, because the amount of ingredients needed is LITTLE, but the flavors are HUGE!

Seriously, you need to make this – or something like this – it’s very jazzy, meaning you can riff on it all you want! You have herbs, make this stuff! All you do is throw your junk in the blender, emulsify and enjoy. It’s the little things, the easy things, these things that make life so grand.

What do you do with this stuff? It can be salad dressing, marinade, a topping for grilled anything, a pasta sauce a chip dip, or straight from the jar if you think it’s ice cream! I would say it’s better than ice cream, but probably has the same fat percentage…a total yum job, but with a few enzymes and vitamins to help stave off guilt!

Here’s what I found out in yonder huge, but TINY garden: Dill


New spring – green – shallots,


Yuerba Buena – the good mint!



Now, I am going to make you really mad at this point, because I basically just threw it all in the blender with a dash of this and a splash of that. Remember, it’s Jazz. You can do it! My measurements are approximate because I didn’t measure anything, but I know, if you have confidence, your herb dip will turn out great!


  • 2 shallots
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced into the dip
  • 2 pinches of salt (taste to decide!)
  • 1 large handful arugula
  • 1 large handful dill weed
  • 3 large sprigs of mint with the leaves removed from stems
  • 2 Tbs. white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (this is where I am fuzzy on measurement- just pour it in so that the ingredients come together in the blender without and pushing or prodding.)

Directions:  Place all the ingredients in the blender and pulse until blended. Then taste to see if you need a little more salt. (Hopefully, you don’t need less!) If it was hard to blend, add more oil. Look at the picture above until you get it to look like that – Jazz!