From savory to sweet, the best basil recipes this summer
Your basil is about to explode, and we've got you covered with a slew of recipes to make, from the simplest condiments to the most delicious dinners.
One of our favorite summer herbs is the ever-so-aromatic basil. We love it not only for its versatility, but its flavor is unlike anything else, and it can be used in everything from savory salads to sweet desserts.
1. Bacon-basil pesto and chicken pizza recipe
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This bacon-basil pesto and chicken pizza would make any family pizza night the best night ever.
2. Basil-peppercorn vinaigrette recipe
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Pair your favorite summer salad with this basil-peppercorn vinaigrette, and amp up the flavor.
3. Braided pesto bread recipe
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This gorgeous braided pesto bread is a savory addition to your regular breads. Can you imagine a tomato-mozzarella sandwich on this bread? Amazing.
4. Strawberry-basil creamsicles recipe
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These creamy strawberry-basil creamsicles use coconut milk as their base, so they're dairy free and delicious.
5. Spiked basil lemonade recipe
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Combine the refreshing thirst quencher of lemonade with your late-night cocktail, add some fresh basil, and you've got this spiked basil lemonade that will see you through the night.
6. Tomato-basil pizza dip recipe
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What better way to use up both your summer tomatoes and basil than in this tomato-basil pizza dip?
7. Quinoa-basil-bean burgers with basil aioli recipe
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These quinoa-basil-bean burgers with basil aioli are the perfect choice when catering to soy-free, vegan, dairy- and gluten-free friends. Plus, they are utterly delicious.
8. Wild blueberry-basil hand pies recipe
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Bake up these wild blueberry-basil hand pies, and treat your friends and family to a tasty baked good with the best that summer has to offer.
9. Peach, basil and chia seed jam recipe
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Grab a couple of fresh summer peaches, and make this nutritious peach, basil and chia seed jam, perfect for slathering on bread.
10. Strawberry-basil salsa recipe
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We're loving this strawberry-basil salsa. A twist on the classic savory tomato salsa, this is a perfect snack for the kids before dinner or to serve on top of tacos.
11. White peach, basil and blueberry mojito recipe
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Sip on this white peach, basil and blueberry mojito, and forget all your worries. It's the ideal summer cocktail recipe.
12. Basil, honey and walnut gelato recipe
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13. Pesto-asparagus quinoa recipe
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Don't have a ton of time to make dinner? Make this pesto-asparagus quinoa, but here's a tip: Always have cooked quinoa in the fridge to whip up quick whole-grain meals.
14. Basil and cherry pie crumble bars recipe
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Layers of fresh basil, cherries and graham cracker crumble make up these basil and cherry pie crumble bars, which we think are the perfect dessert to bring to a cookout.
15. Summer peach and basil sangria recipe
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Make a big batch of this summer peach and basil sangria, and your party has already started.
16. Beet-green pesto recipe
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Don't throw away those beet greens. Make this beet-green pesto, and serve it alongside sandwiches, salads and pastas.
17. Grilled peach, Brie and basil sandwich recipe
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Bring a savory component to classic peach recipes with this grilled peach, Brie and basil sandwich, packed with flavor from the fresh basil, creamy Brie and juicy peaches.