Yes, pesto is fantastic, but this time of year, we’re up to our ears in basil leaves (thank you, backyard bumper crop and farmers market overflow!). For a fresh take, try one of these easy ideas.
Basil and eggs are natural partners. Fold chopped fresh basil into scrambled eggs (about 1 tsp. per egg) just before they come off the stove.
For a refreshing snack (or dessert), toss a few chopped fresh basil leaves over a bowl of cubed seedless watermelon. Another tasty mix-in idea? Crumbled feta.
Using the handle of a wooden spoon, muddle 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, a pinch of sugar and 5 basil leaves in a glass. Fill with ice and seltzer. Garnish with cucumber slices.
Combine 2 pitted chopped peaches, 2 Tbsp. chopped red onion, 1 small seeded, chopped jalapeño, 2 Tbsp. each torn basil and mint leaves, 1 Tbsp. each lime juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and serve with tortilla chips.
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