Amazing Herbs: Basil


Love basil? I do! Basil is a great addition to many dishes, as well as being a digestive aid. Some herbalists feel that along with easing digestive functions that it can also cure headaches and anxiety.

Additionally, there are multiple types of basil, which all have different flavors and uses. Here is a quick photo courtesy of Obsev.com explaining some of the more common varieties.

See? There is so much to love. It literally is so versatile, you can use it in recipes that are savory and sweet, and even drinks! It has a lovely, fresh flavor that pairs just as well with a savory pasta dish in mid-winter as it does in a cool summer cocktail. Don’t believe me? Click below to see some dinner ideas (from appetizers to main dishes to drinks) featuring basil!


APPETIZER/SALAD IDEAS:


Photo Credit: Taste of Home website | http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/garlic-tomato-bruschetta

 

Bruschetta
Full of fresh tomatoes, rich olive oil and pungent garlic, it is the aromatic basil that really gives this its pop. There are many types and ways to make bruschetta, the two most common are with and without balsamic vinegar. Try this Garlic Tomato Bruschetta from Taste of Home, or Bruschetta with Tomato & Basil (and Balsamic vinegar) from Simply Recipes.com

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Simply Recipes website | http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/basil_vinaigrette/

 

Basil Viniagrette
A different take on a salad dressing, this Basil Viniagrette from SimplyRecipes.com might be a nice change up with your next salad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: The Pioneer Woman | http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/caprese-salad/

 

Caprese Salad
Another staple that uses basil to its fullest, this Caprese Salad from The Pioneer Woman sandwiches creamy mozzarella with juicy tomatoes and sweet basil. Add a touch of balsamic vinaigrette for a tangy finish, and voila!

 

 

 

Photo credit: Dinner was Delicious website | http://www.dinnerwasdelicious.com/tomato-and-peach-salad-with-red-onion-and-basil/

 

Tomato & Peach salad with Red Onion & Basil
Super unique and fresh, try this at your next get together and impress your friends with this salad full of summer tomatoes and peaches –> Tomato & Peach salad with Red Onion & Basil

 

 

 

 

 


MAIN DISH IDEAS:

Basil Pesto
Basil pesto is similar to bruschetta in that there are multiple variations that exist. Some are with artichokes, or sundried tomatoes; some use different nuts instead of the traditional pine nuts. A lovely, fresh alternative to a tomato sauce pasta. Try this Basil Pesto recipe from Epicurious.

 

Photo credit: Two Peas and Their Pod website | https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/cheese-ravioli-with-lemon-basil-butter-sauce/

 

 

Ravioli with Lemon Basil Butter
This Ravioli recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod  is everything that is right with pasta. Pillows of cheese wrapped in pasta, with a lemony basil butter sauce. My mouth is watering now.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Epicurious website | http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/thai-beef-with-basil-51198660

 

Thai Beef with Basil
For a non-Italian use of basil, try this Thai Beef with Basil dish from Epicurious. A yummy Asian dish with an entirely different use of basil, lends to a wonderfully warm, filling meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pesto Chicken Tart
Chicken, cheese, garlic, basil and puff pastry. Need I say more? Check out the Pesto Chicken Tart from TheKitchn.com

 

 

 


DESSERT/DRINK IDEAS:


 

Peach-Basil Sangria
Just a note: the added sugar in the recipe isn’t really necessary as the peach nectar is sufficient. This drink is light and refreshing and a perfect summer cocktail. Get the recipe from Allrecipes.com –>Peach Basil Sangria

 

Photo credit: Food 52 website | http://www.thekitchn.com/pitcher-perfect-supereasy-stra-151952

 

Orange Basil Sorbet
A light, sweet end to any meal, and perfect for these hot summer days, try this Orange Basil Sorbet from Food 52.com

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: The Kitchn website | http://www.thekitchn.com/pitcher-perfect-supereasy-stra-151952

 

Strawberry Basil Margarita
Another from The Kitchn.com, this Strawberry Basil Margarita tastes like vacation, by using summer-sweet strawberries. Serve up a batch next time you’re poolside.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Eating Well website | http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/253109/basil-cinnamon-peaches/

 

Cinnamon Basil Peaches
Amazing alone or served over ice cream, these Cinnamon Basil Peaches by Eating Well.com are a balance of warm and fresh, sweet and earthy.

 

 

 

 

 

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