How to Use End-of-Summer Basil

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By F&W Editors Posted September 04, 2016

Hold on to that summer feeling.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed lots of juicy, basil-packed tomato and mozzarella salads this season. But there are plenty of other ways to use the delicious summer herb. From spicy Thai chicken stir-fry to bright honeydew margaritas, here are nine awesome ways to use basil before the end of summer. 

1. Thai Chicken

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An abundance of whole basil leaves joins chicken and fiery red chiles for a quick, delicious,and decidedly spicy stir-fry.

2. Vinaigrette

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This fast, no-cook dressing is great with Heirloom tomato salad, panzanella, grilled fish, chicken or lamb.

3. Guacamole

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Traditional Mexican guacamole gets an Italian twist with the addition of freshly squeezed lemon and sweet basil leaves.

4. Roast Salmon

Food & Wine: Roast Salmon with Lemony Basil Sauce

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Vibrant basil sauce is excellent with roast salmon fillets. Make extra sauce to drizzle over canned sardines for lunch the next day.

5. Margaritas

Food & Wine: Frozen Honeydew Basil Margaritas

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F&W's Kay Chun riffs on a classic margarita here, combining white tequila and fresh lime juice with chunks of frozen honeydew melon and a quick, brightly flavored sweet basil puree. 

6. Shortbread Tart

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Pastry chef Roy Shvartzapel layers roasted fresh apricots atop basil custard to make a gorgeous tart.

7. Ice Cubes 

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These refreshing cucumber-basil ice cubes are great in sparkling water, lemonade or a Bloody Mary.

8. Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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These delicious basil-stuffed chicken breasts make an excellent fast weeknight dinner.

9. Slushies

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A splash of soda water makes these tart slushies pleasingly bubbly. With a little rum, they'd also make great cocktails.


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