Fresh Herb Roast Rub and Marinade

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Fresh Herb Roast Rub and Marinade

This rub and marinade is easy and delicious for any roast. Try it with veal, beef, or lamb.Variations: Remove lemon zest and add ¼ cup of Dijon mustard and ¼ cup of honey.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Sauces
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people


  • 1 package each of fresh rosemary and mint – stems removed
  • 1 bunch parsley – stems removed½ cup chopped red onion
  • 6 to 8 peeled garlic cloves
  • Zest one lemon
  • ¼ fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher or sea salt
  • 1 tsp course freshly ground black pepper


  • Blend all in food processor or blender.
  • Rub over roast.
  • Let roast come to room temperature (about 30 minutes) before roasting in oven.

Simple cooking instructions for any roast: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  • Place room temperature roast in roasting pan with rack.
  • Roast for the first 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue to roast for approximately 20 minutes per pound or until the roast reaches desired internal temperature.
  • Use meat thermometer to determine internal temperature.
  • Allow roast to rest 10 – 15 minutes before slicing.