Basil is a summer workhorse. It grows like a weed in windowsill gardens, smells like a dream, looks as good as it smells, and tastes even better. We put it in, on, and with just about everything, from Caprese salad (and all of its variants) and pesto to ice cream. Eat it sweet or savory, eat it hot or cold—whatever you do, grab a bunch from the grocery store or market (or your herb garden) and eat it!
Here are 9 ways to include basil in each and every one of your summer meals:
Start with a cocktail:
Make a dressing, infuse an oil, or blend into a sauce:
Snip, layer, and chop it into sandwiches and stews:
Bring out basil's sweet side:
Photos by James Ransom, Bobbi Lin, Food52, Tara O'Brady, Karen Mordechai
What are your favorite ways to use basil? Share with us in the comments!