Growing fresh herbs at home is one of the many activities we love about summer. How many of us start the morning by trailing our fingers through the plants in order to take a deep breath of those unique herbal scents? Basil, a member of the mint family, is one of the more popular herbs to cultivate because it is easy to grow and versatile in the kitchen. Whether you farm from pots on the patio or a plot in the yard, basil requires very little care (sun, water, snip, repeat) compared to the prolific yields they offer us. So what do you do with all that basil? It is easy enough to pinch off a few leaves to toss into a salad, stir into hot pasta, or top a BLT. The following recipes call for a bit more basil – so grab a bowl, head outside, and get ready to harvest.
Make this side dish of Creamy Basil-Black Pepper Cucumbers and use some of your cucumber harvest, as well.
Top a crostini with Peanut-Basil Relish, stir it into pasta, or serve over a main course. This chunky dish is a multi-tasker!
You will never buy another bottled dressing after tasting this Basil-Shallot Green Goddess Dressing – drizzle it over a salad or offer it as a dipping sauce for vegetables.
Sweeten your iced tea and cocktails with this Pineapple-Basil Syrup.
Give the mint a rest and whip up a Basil Mojito, a fun twist on the popular cocktail.
And yes, you can even stir chopped basil into your favorite deviled egg recipe for a little extra kick.
Here are some more options for using your basil harvest.
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