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17 Ways to Use Basil (Slideshow)

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1. Basil Salsa.

This fun twist on salsa is a cinch to make, and the fresh ingredients really shine.


  • Kernels from 4 ears grilled corn
  • 2 Large peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Large tomatos, chopped
  • 1/4 Red onion, chopped
  • 6 Large leaves basil, roughly chopped
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste

1. In a large bowl, toss all ingredients to combine well. Season with salt, pepper and lemon taste and continue tossing. Serve right away, or, for best results, let sit for 3-4 hours.

Recipe Adapted from: Tasty Kitchen.

More Basil Recipes:
2. An Easy Twist on Basil Pesto
3. Roasted Tomatoes with Basil Dressing
4. Strawberries with Basil Granita

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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9:11AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013


8:22AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

good ideas

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1:42AM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

Great recipes, downloaded all 17 Basil recipes and will try them one by one. I may not be Italian but I love Basil.

12:58PM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Thanks, some recipes of interest there.

10:03AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

My absolutely favorite spice!

Fine article, but I think you could have posted it in less than 5 jumps. Please think about being "user friendly" when you post. I'm afraid folks pass up a lot of worthwhile articles because of the problem of too many jumps.

6:45AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

Thanks for the great recipes...will probably do the basil quinoa salad later today.

11:28AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Basil is the only herb I grow that my cats won't eat!

10:39AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Thank you.

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