Slightly sweet basil adds bold flavor to salads, pastas, sauces, and desserts.
7 Ways With Fresh Basil
The quintessential herb of summer, basil adds its subtle magic to just about every kind of dish from appetizer to salad to
dessert. A member of the mint family, basil adds a slightly sweet Mediterranean-inspired flavor to a range of dishes. Grow
your own or pick some up at the local market and get cooking.
Tomato, Basil, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad
Ripe juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella are a simple yet traditional Italian summer salad combination. Here the basil
is combined with vegetable broth and balsamic vinegar to make a light, oil-free vinaigrette for the salad.
As the pasta finishes, shelled shrimp is tossed into the pot to cook. Then, everything is drained, returned to the pot, and
drizzled with a quick sauce made from olive oil, lemon, capers and fresh chopped basil. Weeknight dinner doesn't get much
This stir fry of chicken and basil can be on the table in less than 10 minutes. While the main dish cooks, make a bag of quick-cooking
rice to serve as a side. For added flavor, try Thai basil, with its purplish color and mild anise flavor, in place of regular
basil leaves if you like.
Grilled Tuna with Basil Butter and Fresh Tomato Sauce
Two different sauces top this grilled tuna making for a beautiful presentation that looks complicated but is really quite
easy. One sauce is a simple mix of chopped basil, butter and lemon. The second is a five minute sauté of cherry tomatoes,
garlic and capers.
A quick sauce of fresh basil, olive oil, and lemon is puréed and then drizzled over pan sautéed salmon to give it a flavorful
glaze that enhances the flavor of the fish. Make a side of fresh veggies and give them a drizzle of the lemon sauce as well.
Toss it with pasta, spread it on sandwiches, or dollop it into soup. There's just no end to the versatility of the Italian
condiment called pesto. A mixture of fresh basil, pine nuts, olive oil and Parmesan cheese, this simple spread can be whipped
up in 10 minutes.
This light and refreshing Italian dessert ice is a beautiful end to any meal, but the part most cooks love is that it requires
just three ingredients. Make it early in the day so the granita has at least six hours to chill.