The World's Healthiest Foods are health-promoting foods that can change your life.

How to Eat Healthier in 2018

Try our exciting new WHFoods Meal Plan.

The George Mateljan Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation with no commercial interests or
advertising. Our mission is to help you eat and cook the healthiest way for optimal health.
Cooking Healthy with Dill

Spring, being a time when we usually like to lighten the foods we eat, always brings one of "The World's Healthiest Foods," dill to my mind. Its light flavor is very fresh tasting and enhances delicate foods nicely without overpowering them. I particularly enjoy dill with seafood, such as salmon, trout, sea bass, or scallops.

Dill has been used for its culinary and medicinal properties for millennia. Traditionally, it was used to soothe the stomach after meals. Now we know dill supports intestinal health by preventing bacterial overgrowth and neutralizing some of the carcinogens in charcoal grill and cigarette smoke. Dill is yet another fine example of the powerful health benefits to be derived from culinary herbs. A perfect stomach reliever would be a little chopped dill mixed with plain low fat yogurt. For an in-depth profile on the health benefits of this delicate power food, read our profile: dill. You'll be surprised by how much this herb has to offer you!

Select feathery green dill whose aromatic scent you can easily discern. When you get home, wrap it in a damp towel or place the stems in a container of water, and refrigerate. Immediately before cooking, wash fresh dill under running water and pat dry. Or you can put dill leaves in ice cube trays, cover with water or broth, and freeze to have on hand for soups and stews.

When I cook with dill, I use the herb as fresh as I possibly can. I chop it just before using and add it at the end of cooking to keep its fine flavor. It's best if you can avoid cooking dill at all and just add it to sauces or pastas after your dish has been removed from the heat.

Dill is particularly good in cold sauces, such as the one in our recipe, Steamed Salmon with Asparagus and Mustard Dill Sauce. This recipe is a great example of using dill to complement salmon, giving it a light refreshing taste, perfect for the spring and summer months.

Dill also adds elegance and delightful flavor to egg salad and makes a teriffic vegetable dip when blended with 4-6 ounces plain tofu, a little chopped onion, a teaspoon or two of capers and of mustard, and a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Experiment and have fun with this wonderful herb!

Printer friendly version

Send this page to a friend...


Newsletter SignUp

Your Email:

Find Out What Foods You Should Eat This Week

Also find out about the recipe, nutrient and hot topic of the week on our home page.


Everything you want to know about healthy eating and cooking from our new book.
2nd Edition
Order this Incredible 2nd Edition at the same low price of $39.95 and also get 2 FREE gifts valued at $51.95. Read more

Healthy Eating
Healthy Cooking
Nutrients from Food
Website Articles
Privacy Policy and Visitor Agreement
For education only, consult a healthcare practitioner for any health problems.

We're Number 1
in the World!

35 million visitors per year.
The World's Healthiest Foods website is a leading source of information and expertise on the Healthiest Way of Eating and Cooking. It's one of the most visited websites on the internet when it comes to "Healthiest Foods" and "Healthiest Recipes" and comes up #1 on a Google search for these phrases.

Over 100 Quick &
Easy Recipes

Our Recipe Assistant will help you find the recipe that suits your personal needs. The majority of recipes we offer can be both prepared and cooked in 20 minutes or less from start to finish; a whole meal can be prepared in 30 minutes. A number of them can also be prepared ahead of time and enjoyed later.

World's Healthiest
is expanded

What's in our new book:
  • 180 more pages
  • Smart Menu
  • Nutrient-Rich Cooking
  • 300 New Recipes
  • New Nutrient Articles and Profiles
  • New Photos and Design
privacy policy and visitor agreement | who we are | site map | what's new
For education only, consult a healthcare practitioner for any health problems.
© 2001-2018 The George Mateljan Foundation, All Rights Reserved