12 Recipes to Get Your Basil Fix

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12 Recipes to Get Your Basil Fix

1. Pineapple-Basil Agua Fresca
Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Sweet, tangy and refreshing? This agua fresca pairs pineapple with basil like a boss.

2. Pesto
Photo by Julie Maguire

Photo by Julie Maguire

This pasta topping will taste from-the-garden fresh, especially since it calls for 2 whole cups of basil.

3. Fancified Lunchables
Photo by Katherine Baker

Photo by Katherine Baker

This Lunchable hack takes a classy turn with sprigs of basil on top.

 4. Avocado, Basil and Bacon Ice Cream
Photo by Hannah Lin

Photo by Hannah Lin

This savory and aromatic dessert will catch any basil skeptic’s attention.

5. Spaghetti Sauce Simplicity
Photo by Judy Holtz

Photo by Judy Holtz

This mash-up of ingredients doesn’t skimp on basil or oregano in order to perfect the classic spaghetti sauce.

6. Watermelon and Ricotta Salad

Photo by Megan Prendergast

Basil leaves were the only greens spared in “Leave Out the Leaves.” This watermelon salad recipe with basil is a must.

7. Meatball Sliders
Photo by Ben Abrahams

Photo by Ben Abrahams

Sub lettuce with a basil leaf for these pop-in-your-mouth meatball sliders.

8. Fried Cheese Sandwich
Photo by Heather Harris

Photo by Heather Harris

Have your own Euro-trip without leaving US turf with this fried sandwich, topped with garlicky herb and lemon mayonnaise infused with basil.

9. Strawberry Peach Guacamole
Photo by Natalie Cantave

Photo by Natalie Cantave

Though the classic guacamole recipe has a soft spot in our hearts, we aren’t impartial to testing this guac mixed with strawberry, peaches and some chopped fresh basil.

10. Healthy Pesto Garlic Pasta
Photo by Parisa Soraya

Photo by Parisa Soraya

Nutrient-dense and light on oil and cheese, this update offers a lighter take on a favorite pasta sauce.

11. Cucumber, Avocado & Tomato Salad
Photo by Maggie Gorman

Photo by Maggie Gorman

The fresh basil leaves may be “optional” in this salad, but we say toss in the fresh leaves for an extra punch of flavor.

12. Mediterranean Pita Pizzas
Photo by Elyse Belarge

Photo by Elyse Belarge

Simple as can be, these pita pizzas are topped with feta, olives, basil and classic tomato sauce, so you can eat like a Greek without paying crazy airfare.

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