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  and fresh pesto , there are plenty of other uses for the herb , too. Our picks for best basil dishes when you keep reading.
Extend the life of your leftover basil by making a compound butter out of herbs, garlic, and seasoning .
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 .
Mango Caprese Salad
Love Caprese salad and all its variations? Then try another: tart-sweet mango in place of ripe tomatoes  in this fruit-forward riff on the salad.
Flaky roll-up pastries , imbued with the flavor of prosciutto and basil, are ideal for even the most challenged of cooks.
Bask in the glory of Summer with a straightforward, sunny-tasting lemon basil spaghetti .
Potato Basil Purée
Love pesto? Savor the same flavors in an ethereal basil, parmesan, and potato purée .
Grilled Peach and Pancetta Sandwiches
Trust us: this combination  of basil with salty pancetta, sweet peaches, crispy bread, and gooey fontina totally works!
Spice up America's creamiest condiment  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 .
Like berries and mint, strawberries and basil are an undeniably delicious pairing — especially when combined with botanical gin in a freshly muddled cocktail .