9 tasty recipes with basil

A typical plant of Mediterranean cuisine, basil goes just as well with both savory and sweet dishes. To accommodate it, here are 9 tasty recipe ideas with basil.

Basil is a perennial aromatic plant (depending on the regions where it grows) or annual (because it also lends itself to pot culture). Its leaves, traditionally green, can also be purple depending on the variety.

The fresh flavor of basil goes wonderfully raw in salads, tabbouleh or even to give relief to savory and sweet dishes. This herb tends to lose its flavor when cooked.

This plant is also good for health, because it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiallergic properties. This aromatic plant is also a source of vitamin K1, which promotes healthy bones and the blood system.

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Basil avocado pesto
Arrange in a blender 2 avocados, 1 clove of garlic, 2 tbsp. at s. lime (adjust to taste), 1 handful of pine nuts, 10 fresh basil leaves, a dash of olive oil, a little parmesan, salt and pepper. Mix everything. Adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve as a pasta condiment or on toasted bread.

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Green hummus with basil and coriander
Rinse 250 g of cooked chickpeas under cold water. Peel and cut into pieces 1 clove of garlic and 2 cm of fresh ginger. Squeeze 1 lemon and collect its juice. Place the chickpeas, garlic, ginger, previously cleaned basil and coriander leaves in a blender (up to ½ bunch for each variety of herb: adjust the quantities according to your taste), lemon juice, 3 tbsp. at s. tahini (sesame cream), 2 tbsp. at s. olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix everything and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve with raw vegetable sticks or as a spread on toasted bread.

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Strawberry, spinach, basil salad
For 2 people. Chop ½ red onion. Wash 250 g baby spinach and 150 g strawberries. Hull the fruits and cut them in half. Prepare the vinaigrette, by mixing 15 ml of olive oil, 15 ml of balsamic vinegar and 15 ml of maple syrups. Place the spinach, strawberries and onions in two soup plates. Add the vinaigrette and sprinkle with walnut pieces.

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Fleur de sel with basil
Mix 235 g of fleur de sel with 25 g of basil (removing the thick stems), until the salt takes on a green color. Place the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place everything away from light and heat for 1 day. The salt should absorb all the moisture in the basil, which should then become dry. Then place the mixture in an airtight glass container. The preparation can be kept for 6 months. It enhances salads, fish and pasta.

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Mango, pineapple, kiwi, basil smoothies
For 2 people. Clean, peel and cut into pieces ½ mango, 80 g pineapple and 1 kiwi. Place the fruit in a blender, add 1 glass of coconut milk and 2 basil leaves (adjust to taste). Mix everything and serve.

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lemon basil sorbet
Bring ½ L of water to the boil with 130 g of fine sugar. Simmer this syrup for 5 minutes. Take the pan off the heat, then stir in the zest of 2 limes and the leaves of 1 bunch of basil, finely chopped. Filter the preparation, then add the juice of one of the lemons (see the 2, according to taste). Whisk 1 egg white and gradually add it to the lemon mixture. This may not completely mix with the eggs, this is normal. Then place everything in an ice cream maker, or directly in a freezer compartment. Then stir the sorbet regularly.

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Zucchini, ricotta and basil tart
Pre-bake a puff pastry that has been pricked beforehand for around 18 min at 180°C (placing small ceramic balls or dried beans on top to prevent it from puffing up). Be careful that the dough does not become too brown. While cooking, thinly slice 2 small courgettes with a mandolin. Slice 50 g of goat cheese. Spread 120 g of ricotta on the bottom of the pie and sprinkle with finely chopped fresh basil. Then add the zucchini (without sticking the slices too much together) then the goat cheese. It is possible to add some pine nuts. Bake the pie for fifteen minutes. Serve with a few fresh basil leaves.

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Zucchini soup with basil
For 4 people. Peel and cut into pieces 1 kg of zucchini. Peel 1 onion and 2 cloves of garlic, and chop finely. Brown the zucchini and onion in a casserole dish for 3 min. Then add 1 small bunch of basil leaves, as well as the garlic cloves. Pour 30 cl of water, close the casserole and cook everything under pressure for 15 min, after the valve whistles. Once the preparation is cooked, season with salt and pepper, mix, and serve hot or cold.

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