Mammoth amounts of basil are sprouting in gardens around this time of the summer season. The plant thrives in optimal sunlight, needing at least six hours per day. And since it was deemed “one of the healthiest foods in the world,” this basil overflow is no burden. An integral ingredient in drinks, desserts and entrees, basil has the ability to make any taste of food seem clean and light. These recipes double as an antioxidant boost and summer refresher, so delve into at least one before the season wraps up.
Sweet, tangy and refreshing? This agua fresca pairs pineapple with basil like a boss.
This pasta topping will taste from-the-garden fresh, especially since it calls for 2 whole cups of basil.
This Lunchable hack takes a classy turn with sprigs of basil on top.
This savory and aromatic dessert will catch any basil skeptic’s attention.
This mash-up of ingredients doesn’t skimp on basil or oregano in order to perfect the classic spaghetti sauce.
Basil leaves were the only greens spared in “Leave Out the Leaves.” This watermelon salad recipe with basil is a must.
Sub lettuce with a basil leaf for these pop-in-your-mouth meatball sliders.
Have your own Euro-trip without leaving US turf with this fried sandwich, topped with garlicky herb and lemon mayonnaise infused with basil.
Though the classic guacamole recipe has a soft spot in our hearts, we aren’t impartial to testing this guac mixed with strawberry, peaches and some chopped fresh basil.
Nutrient-dense and light on oil and cheese, this update offers a lighter take on a favorite pasta sauce.
The fresh basil leaves may be “optional” in this salad, but we say toss in the fresh leaves for an extra punch of flavor.
Simple as can be, these pita pizzas are topped with feta, olives, basil and classic tomato sauce, so you can eat like a Greek without paying crazy airfare.