RECIPES: Get a Flavor Kick (and a Healthy Heart) By Cooking with Raw Garlic

A garlic compound known as allicin can potentially reduce the risk of developing heart disease and help regulate high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Chopping or crushing the garlic clove and consuming it raw is the best way to reap the benefits. (On a side note: raw garlic is thought to be good for any number of other conditions, including boosting immunity, reducing the risk of certain cancers, curing athlete’s foot and other fungal infections, and more.)

On its own, raw garlic can pack too much of a whollop, but incorporated into these dishes/beverages it adds amazing flavor. Check out these easy (vegan!) recipes for garlic-full dishes you’ll make again and again.

Homemade Hummus 

Alton Brown’s Guacamole 

Gazpacho

Basil Walnut Pesto 

Martha Stewart’s Garlic Vinaigrette

Homemade Spicy Fire Cider

Garlic cocktails

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