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The Basil Recipes That'll Liven Up Your Summer Plate

These dishes are on point.
07/25/2017 06:01am ET

Basil is summer’s defining herb. In many parts of the Western world, the blossoming of this herb coincides with many of the season’s other darlings, like tomatoes and peaches. Naturally, the herb ― which is a member of the mint family ― is a perfect complement and is paired together in many dishes.

It is believed that basil first had its start in Asia and Africa ― but it quickly took off all over the world. While basil is available in over 60 varieties, the most popular kind is sweet Italian basil, known as Sweet Genovese. With big, soft leaves, it just begs to be served on top of pasta. Or turned into pesto. Or both.

Thai basil (which has smaller, pointed leaves) and purple opal basil (which is purple) are also common these days.

Whichever kind you get your hands on, try them in a few of the recipes below.

1
Lavender Basil Lemonade
Half Baked Harvest
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2
Zucchini And Fresh Corn Farmers’ Market Salad With Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette
Foodie Crush
3
Artichoke Burrata Pizza With Lemon Basil Pesto
How Sweet It Is
4
Garlic Basil Barramundi Skillet With Tomato Butter Sauce
Pinch of Yum
5
Sun-Dried Tomato And Basil Pinwheels
Minimalist Baker
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6
Basil Goat Cheese Pasta Salad
Half Baked Harvest
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7
Raspberry Basil Mojito
A Beautiful Mess
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8
Chickpea Sauté With Basil And Pine Nuts
Alexandra's Kitchen
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9
20-Minute Basil Cashew Chicken
Half Baked Harvest
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10
Caramelized Peach Caprese Salad With Smoked Sea Salt
How Sweet It Is
11
Sparkling Cucumber Basil Lemonade
Hummingbird High
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12
Zucchini Pesto Lasagna
Naturally Ella
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13
Basil Cheesecake With Chocolate Sauce
A Beautiful Mess
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14
Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad
Simply Recipes
15
Peanut Butter Basil Sandwich
Minimalist Baker
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16
Fresh Basil Salad With Prosciutto Wrapped Melon And Toasted Seed Rolled Goat Cheese
Half Baked Harvest
17
Quick, Healthy Zucchini Basil Soup
Feasting at Home
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18
Strawberry Basil Coconut Cream Puffs
Hummingbird High
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19
Fresh Basil Pesto
Simply Recipes
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20
Tomato And Peach Salad With Red Onion And Basil
Dinner Was Delicious
21
Peanut Butter And Basil Milkshake
Minimalist Baker
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22
Fried Mozzarella, Basil and Nectarine Stacks with Balsamic Glaze
Half Baked Harvest
23
Nectarine Pizza With Fresh Basil And Reduced Balsamic
Alexandra's Kitchen
24
Fried Caprese Salad
bell'allimento
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25
Super Summery Pasta
Alexandra's Kitchen
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26
Basil Cornmeal Sandwich Shortbread With Apricot Filling
Becca Bakes
27
Grilled Peach And Basil Arnold Palmer
Half Baked Harvest
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