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34 Super Fresh Basil Recipes To Carry You Through The Rest Of Summer

How do we love thee, basil? Let us count the ways.

Fresh basil is one of our favorite parts of summer. It's herbal, refreshing and remarkably versatile. It can liven up a pasta sauce or salad, even a cocktail or dessert. There's pretty much nothing that basil can't hang with, which is why it should be you go-to herb from here on out.

While we typically use just a few varieties -- the sweet Italian kind, known as Sweet Genovese; Thai basil, most often used in Asian cuisine; and Purple Opal basil, a fun addition to cocktails -- there are actually more than 60 types of basil to choose from.

To get the strongest basil flavor, add fresh leaves in at the end of your cooking (though that may vary with the recipe). However you use it, don't be shy. Experiment with adding basil to recipes you might not think to use it in. We promise, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Here are 34 ways to make the most of fresh basil this summer.

1
Fried Mozzarella, Basil and Nectarine Stacks with Balsamic Glaze
Half Baked Harvest
2
Basil Pesto Vinaigrette
Cookie And Kate
Get the Basil Pesto Vinaigrette recipe from Cookie + Kate
3
Thai Basil Beef
The Woks of Life
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4
Zucchini Basil Soup
Feasting at Home
Get the Zucchini Basil Soup recipe from Feasting at Home
5
Basil Goat Cheese Pasta Salad
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Basil Goat Cheese Pasta Salad recipe from Half Baked Harvest
6
Basil Cornmeal Sandwich Shortbread With Apricot Filling
Becca Bakes
7
Nectarine Pizza With Fresh Basil And Reduced Balsamic
Alexandra Cooks
8
Prosciutto Pesto Pizza Twists
A Zesty Bite
Get the Prosciutto Pesto Pizza Twists recipe from A Zesty Bite
9
Greek Olive Pesto And Fried Zucchini Grilled Pitas With Marinated Feta And Garbanzo Beans
Half Baked Harvest
10
Tomato And Peach Salad With Red Onion And Basil
Dinner Was Delicious
11
Super Summery Pasta
Alexandra Cooks
Get the Super Summery Pasta recipe from Alexandra Cooks
12
Lemon-Basil Mojito
Cookie And Kate
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13
Peach Bruschetta With Goat Cheese, Basil And Honey
Feasting at Home
14
20-Minute Basil Cashew Chicken
Half Baked Harvest
Get the 20-Minute Basil Cashew Chicken recipe from Half Baked Harvest
15
Peach And Basil Arnold Palmer
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Peach And Basil Arnold Palmer recipe from Half Baked Harvest
16
Pesto
Alexandra Cooks
Get the Pesto recipe from Alexandra Cooks
17
Smashed Grape Cocktail With Basil
Verses From My Kitchen
Get the Smashed Grape Cocktail With Basil recipe from Verses From My Kitchen
18
Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Balls
bell'allimento
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19
Fried Caprese Salad
bell'allimento
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20
Basil Ice Cream
The Faux Martha
Get the Basil Ice Cream recipe from The Faux Martha
21
Raspberry Basil Mojito
A Beautiful Mess
Get the Raspberry Basil Mojito recipe from A Beautiful Mess
22
Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers
Skinny Taste
Get the Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers recipe from Skinny Taste
23
15-Minute Zucchini Pasta With Poached Eggs And Quick Heirloom Cherry Tomato Basil Sauce
Half Baked Harvest
24
Caramelized Peach Caprese Salad With Smoked Sea Salt
How Sweet It Is
25
Simple Vegan Pesto
Food52
Get the Simple Vegan Pesto recipe by Gena Hamshaw from Food52

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