18 Beyond Basic Basil Recipes

Basil is one of those flavors that reminds me of summer and, now that summer is here, I’m ready to dig in! While I love a good caprese salad or margherita pizza, there are so many other creative and delicious ways to use basil. From drinks to dinner to dessert, these basil recipes really take things beyond basic!

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    18 Beyond Basic Basil Recipes

    These fabulous recipes will have you looking at basil in a whole new light!

  • Basil Strawberry Lemonade Granitas in a Jar 2 of 19

    This recipe is a great way to use up all those summer strawberries and bunches of basil, plus you can make them ahead and have the jars waiting for you in the freezer for when you need them most!

    Make Basil Strawberry Lemonade Granitas in a Jar

  • Basil and Roasted Red Pepper Paninis 3 of 19

    I love sandwiches for dinner, especially in the summertime when I don't feel like slaving over the stove. These paninis not only fit the summer cooking bill, but are a fun twist on the usual caprese panini.

    Make Basil and Roasted Red Pepper Paninis

  • Brown Butter Fried Egg Sandwiches with Tomato Basil Puree 4 of 19

    Brown butter fried egg sounds delicious enough on its own. Throw it on toast with tomato basil puree and this isn't just's heaven!

    Make Brown Butter Fried Egg Sandwiches with Tomato Basil Puree

  • Cold Blueberry Basil Soup 5 of 19

    This sweet, cold soup is perfect for a hot summer night, especially topped with something creamy like creme fraiche or sour cream!

    Make Cold Blueberry Basil Soup

  • Caprese Grilled Chicken 6 of 19

    This colorful, melty plate of caprese goodness is practically screaming my name.

    Make Caprese Grilled Chicken

  • Basil Garlic Cheese Bread 7 of 19

    Yes, this is the classic combo of basil, tomato and cheese, but throwing this on top of a loaf of garlic bread is just plain delicious. Who needs dinner with this as the appetizer?

    Make Basil Garlic Cheese Bread

  • Easy Sausage Basil and Tomato Frittata 8 of 19

    Serve this up for breakfast or dinner! A nice, easy recipe for summer that pairs the classic tomato-basil flavor with sausage.

    Make Easy Sausage Basil Tomato Frittata

  • Easy Zucchini Fritters with Sweet Basil 9 of 19

    Zucchini is another plentiful summer food, and zucchini fritters are a great way to use them up. Throw in some sweet basil for a special twist on a classic.

    Make Easy Zucchini Fritters with Sweet Basil

  • Lemon Basil Chicken Stir Fry 10 of 19

    I love that this stir fry isn't your typical soy sauce concoction. Flavor with lemon and basil and you've got something savory and light!

    Make Lemon Basil Chicken Stir Fry

  • Fresh Basil Vinaigrette 11 of 19

    This fresh basil vinaigrette is not only good for things like Italian salad, but makes a great topping for sandwiches or even corn on the cob!

    Make Fresh Basil Vinaigrette

  • Savory Cantaloupe Salad 12 of 19

    I can't wait to sink my teeth into this savory cantaloupe salad, filled with figs, basil and olives.

    Make Savory Cantaloupe Salad

  • Lime Basil Soft Serve Sorbet 13 of 19

    I don't know about you, but this lime basil sorbet sounds perfect for a hot summer night.

    Make Lime Basil Soft Serve Sorbet

  • Tomato Basil Bean Salad 14 of 19

    This salad is packed with flavor and uses all kinds of great summer ingredients!

    Make Tomato Basil Bean Salad

  • Garden Basil Pesto Soup 15 of 19

    Okay, so maybe a garden soup in the summer is pretty basic, but adding basil pesto makes it special and kicks up the flavor a notch!

    Make Garden Basil Pesto Soup

  • Strawberry Basil and Balsamic Gelato 16 of 19

    Strawberry, basil and balsamic gelato? Yes, you heard us correctly! This creamy gelato is filled with all kinds of summer flavor, with a twist!

    Make Strawberry Basil and Balsamic Gelato

  • Sunny Mango Basil Bruschetta 17 of 19

    Bruschetta so often comes with basil and tomatoes on top, but this bruschetta takes things to a completely different place with mango and basil combined! Who needs tomatoes for bruschetta? Not us!

    Make Sunny Mango Basil Bruschetta

  • Strawberry Basil Pie 18 of 19

    Another "basil for dessert" recipe that is sure to please!

    Make Strawberry Basil Pie

  • Fire Roasted Tomato Basil Soup 19 of 19

    Yes, tomato soup is a given when talking about basil, and this soup made with fire-roasted tomatoes will quench any tomato soup craving!

    Make Fire Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

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