Whether it’s yellow, Dijon, English, “honey” or whole-grain, there’s often a half-empty jar of mustard in almost any kitchen. It might be that you like to slather your “hot dogs” in yellow mustard or enjoy a little Dijon on your sandwiches. It might be that you used it once and now find it forgotten in the back of the fridge.
The condiment mustard originates as a mustard plant of which the leaves and seeds are edible. The leaves have that same peppery flavor as the condiment and can be used in salads or as cooked greens while the seeds are harvested and used in different ways to make the various varieties of mustard.
Mustard plants are easy to grow, and you can even have a go at making your own mustard. As well as adding a kick to your meals, mustard is actually quite good for you with its leaves containing high levels of copper, calcium, and vitamins C, A, and K. The seeds are an excellent source of fiber, are rich in magnesium, and manganese and contain important antioxidants.
That hot, spicy, nose-clearing pungent flavor of mustard is a must for some classic dishes. But, sometimes the inspiration runs dry before the jar is empty. Mustard can be used in all kinds of ways. We just have to think outside the box a little.
1. Carrot Beet Salad with Mustard Garlic Vinaigrette and Dill
Mustard helps to make up a lovely vinaigrette for this stunning mix of colorful root vegetables. Viktoria Radichova‘s Carrot Beet Salad with Mustard Garlic Vinaigrette and Dill is a filling salad that works as a main dish or as a side.
2. Hot Dog with Apple Mustard Compote and Vanilla Pickled Onions
The vegan hot dog is a delight, and the yummy bun is a must, but it is the toppings that are truly the stars of this fun meal. Trine Rask‘s Hot Dog with Apple Mustard Compote and Vanilla Pickled Onions promises a tangy and zesty feast. They are super easy to make and are ideal for backyard barbecues and picnics.
3. Shepherds Pie with Spring Mustard Mash
This is such a warm and hearty traditional meal. However, Jenny Marie ramps things up by adding some spicy mustard to the creamy mashed potato topping atop this delicious Shepherds Pie with Spring Mustard Mash.
4. Sweet Potato Pretzel Knots with Curried Mustard
Soft, fluffy, chewy, and salty—everything you need in a soft pretzel. Pair that with a warm and zingy curried mustard for dipping and you are all set. Erin Beccia‘s recipe for Sweet Potato Pretzel Knots with Curried Mustard offers us an inspired twist on some classic flavors.
5. Maple and Mustard Glazed Tempeh with Crunchy Pistachios and Scallions
Kim Sujovolsky says that this recipe for Maple and Mustard Glazed Tempeh with Crunchy Pistachios and Scallions will knock your socks off! It is always great to find new things to do with tempeh. It has a wonderful texture and a nutty flavor, but we are often stumped as to what to do next. This mustard glaze is the perfect tangy, sweet and crunchy accompaniment.
6. Vegan ‘Honey’ Mustard Bbq Brussels
This Vegan ‘Honey’ Mustard Bbq Brussels recipe offers us another way to enjoy Brussel sprouts. Gabrielle St. Claire states that this vegan ‘honey’ mustard is excellent for all kinds of other barbecue dishes, too. The best thing is that is it super easy to make and uses common kitchen staples.
7. Chive Mustard Roasted Radishes
Radishes themselves can pack a flavorful punch. Pair them with the spiciness of a mustard and chive sauce and you have quite a dish. In Noming Thru Life‘s recipe Chive Mustard Roasted Radishes, the radishes are roasted to bring out a little sweetness. They are then doused in melted vegan butter and tossed in the herby mustard. This makes an excellent side dish.
8. Pasta Salad with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette
9. Mustard Seed and Curry Leaf Carrot Salad
Rather than using the mustard out of a jar, try a recipe that uses simply mustard seeds. In this Indian-style salad, the mustard seeds are used to make a tadka, or infused heated oil. The warmed spiced oil is then poured over the fresh carrots. Spice Spice Baby‘s recipe for Mustard Seed and Curry Leaf Carrot Salad is a wonderful salad that can be taken on picnics or eaten alongside other favorite Indian dishes.
10. Shiitake, Tofu and Mustard Greens Soup
Now you have experimented with the condiment and the seeds, why not have a go at using mustard leaves in a dish? Nutritious Delicious‘ Shiitake, Tofu and Mustard Greens Soup is a protein-rich soup with a hearty, mushroomy broth. The generous amount of mustard greens gives this soup a wasabi-like kick.
Think beyond yellow mustard on a hotdog or Dijon mustard on a slice of bread. Dig that jar of mustard out of your fridge and use it as it deserves to be used in some of these amazing mustard recipes.
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