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10 Things to Make With Fresh Basil

Aug 19 2011 - 3:53am

One of the undeniable perks of Summer is basil's abundant availability, and its tendency to have a sweeter flavor and more tender leaves when it's in season. Although it'd be easy to spend all Summer using it in classic preparations like tricolor Caprese salad [1] and fresh pesto [2], there are plenty of other uses for the herb [3], too. Our picks for best basil dishes when you keep reading.

Herb Butter

Extend the life of your leftover basil by making a compound butter out of herbs, garlic, and seasoning [4].

Honey-Basil Grilled Cheese

Don't overlook the herb factor when dreaming up new sandwich creations, like this dreamy lunch we made with tomatoes, fontina, honey, and basil [5].

Mango Caprese Salad

Love Caprese salad and all its variations? Then try another: tart-sweet mango in place of ripe tomatoes [6] in this fruit-forward riff on the salad.

Prosciutto Pinwheels

Flaky roll-up pastries [7], imbued with the flavor of prosciutto and basil, are ideal for even the most challenged of cooks.

Lemon Spaghetti

Bask in the glory of Summer with a straightforward, sunny-tasting lemon basil spaghetti [8].

Potato Basil Purée

Love pesto? Savor the same flavors in an ethereal basil, parmesan, and potato purée [9].

Grilled Peach and Pancetta Sandwiches

Trust us: this combination [10] of basil with salty pancetta, sweet peaches, crispy bread, and gooey fontina totally works!

Flavored Mayo

Spice up America's creamiest condiment [11] with a squirt of citrus, dry seasoning, and a generous pile of chopped fresh basil.

Tomato and Peach Salad

For a fresh and flavorful salad that isn't too mussed or fussed, turn to this combo of tomatoes, peaches, and herbs [12].

Strawberry-Basil Smash

Like berries and mint, strawberries and basil are an undeniably delicious pairing — especially when combined with botanical gin in a freshly muddled cocktail [13].

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