Basil Recipes

1.5 packed cups basil
2-3 cloves garlic, peeled
¼ - ½ tsp sea salt
3 tbls nuts (pine nuts are traditional, but we often use walnuts)
3 tbls Parmesan cheese, grated
4 tbls olive oil

Place basil in food processor, pulse until chopped. Add remaining ingredients (if you want you can save out the olive oil until last and add it using the attachment that lets you add liquids drop by drop) and process to a smooth paste. Pesto lasts several days in the fridge, if sealed. It also freezes excellently. Serve mixed into pasta or on pizza instead of tomato sauce. It’s also good with meat or fish.

Availability: August-September

Storage tips: Refrigerate in a plastic bag. It should last at least a week. Be careful not to smash the leaves in the fridge because this will result in loss of quality as the basil will turn black.

How to eat: Basil is a wonderful herb that can be minced and added to salads, used to make pesto, or as a topping to pasta or pizza. Basil is best used very fresh.

The title of this recipe is from Mary Margaret who considers this it!  Try it and you'll understand!

tomatoes, chopped
cucumbers, peeled and chopped
basil, chopped

For the dressing, wisk together:
1/2 cup soft cheese like chevre (or homemade kefir cheese or yogurt cheese)
4-6 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
salt to taste

Optional additional ingredients:
black olives, minced
avocado (which makes this salad eerily similar to the Tomato-Basil-Avocado salad we have on the website, too :)

Combine salad ingredients and pour over dressing.  Toss to coat and serve!