At my house it's all about the sauce. For dinner we usually end up eating something simple, like a grain bowl with greens and some protein. This creamy, dairy free sauce is a great way to use plentiful Summer basil in a context other than pesto. Most often I put it in noodle bowls with a protein and toasted sesame, over eggs & biscuits, or over fresh green salads. I even use it as a sandwich spread! —RENEE
packed basil (up to 1 cup if you want intense basil flavor!)
In a high powered blender, combine the basil, tahini, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey/maple syrup, black pepper, cayenne, and ¼ cup water.
Blend on high until you have a smooth, creamy sauce.
Add up to ¼ cup more water (blending again to incorporate) until you get the thickness you like. Less water = thicker consistency (great as a sandwich spread). More water = thinner consistency (better as a sauce or dressing). Add salt, to taste. Voila!
Can be made ahead and stored in the fridge, covered, up to 24 hours. Color is best when used immediately.