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.

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

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